Category Archives: Information about data systems

The Story of Data: An Early Childhood Tale

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This short IDEA Data Center (IDC) video is an engaging animated story that shows how data inform early intervention decisions for a baby with disabilities. The Story of Data: An Early Childhood Tale also illustrates how secure data are combined at the local, state, and national levels to help leaders make informed decisions that support […]

The Importance of High-Quality IDEA Data

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The Importance of High-Quality IDEA Data features state early intervention and special education professionals and OSEP staff describing how high-quality IDEA data help ensure that children with disabilities receive the early intervention and special education services to which they are entitled. This video from IDEA Data Center (IDC) also provides a brief introduction to the […]

Early Childhood Outcomes: Who, What, Why, and How


This brochure is designed to provide families with information about child outcomes and how the data collected on child outcomes are used by the Part C program. The publication links child outcomes measurement practices to program assessment and evaluation processes/procedures. Published by: State Department of Education & Idaho Infant Toddler Program Early Childhood Outcomes: Who, […]

Desired Results Family Brochure

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This 2013 brochure describes the Desired Results for Children and Families system which is used to measure child outcomes for children with disabilities in the state of California. This brochure can be used as an example for how to format and share information with families and broader audiences. Published by: California Department of Education Link […]

Understanding Early Intervention Data Systems

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This 2012 two-page family handout was developed by Pennsylvania to explain key points about the PA early intervention data system, including what data is stored there, benefits to families, and family access. Published by Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) Link to Document (PDF)