Data Linking Toolkit: Part C and Part B 619 Data Linking Partners

Part C and Part B 619 programs and services are an important component of larger state early childhood systems. Given the variety of programs and services that states offer for young children and their families, Part C or Part B 619 program staff might engage with many potential data linking partners. (See infographic below or download it below.)

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One of the most common data linking partnerships is between the Part C and the Part B 619 programs to support transition notification. Part C and Part B 619 agencies also partner with other agencies or programs, both internal and external, to share data. For example, Part C program staff might connect with Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program staff to cross-reference notification of parents of children with potential hearing loss. Part B 619 program staff might work with staff in another early childhood program, such as Head Start, to accurately report the number of children who receive services from both programs. Partnerships benefit one or both agencies or programs by increasing the information they have about services provided to children and families so they can make informed decisions to improve services.

These data linking partnerships can help states answer larger policy questions as well as other important program questions. For example, linking EHDI and Part C data may support referral efficiencies for families needing multiple services, earlier access to hearing services, and timely transitions across programs as children get older. Also, it may help predict future program caseload and staffing needs and gain a better understanding of child and family outcomes.