Data Collection & Data Systems

Data Collection & Data Systems

From Opportunity to Change: State Experiences Implementing CCDBG

In 2014, Congress reauthorized the nation’s primary source of funding for child care assistance for low-income families with passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). This report from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and its accompanying state profiles summarizes lessons learned from stakeholder efforts to capture the experiences of states following the passage of the CCDBG and to inform future policy efforts.

QRIS 3.0 Tools and Resources

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems are evolving rapidly. As part of BUILD's effort to support QRIS to reform and strengthen early learning systems, we have created a suite of 5 resources, dubbed QRIS 3.0:

The Integration of Early Childhood Data: State Profiles and a Report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education

This past month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education released “The Integration of Early Childhood Data,” a report intended to help states improve services for young children and families by refining their capacity to use existing administrative data from early childhood programs.

Using linked data to improve early care and education programs

Early care and education (ECE) program leaders can better understand and serve the children and families in their program when they combine their own data with data from other organizations. This can be tough for programs to do, though, and many programs lack resources or knowledge that would support this aspect of their continuous improvement.

Understanding and Choosing Assessments and Developmental Screeners for Young Children Age 3-5: Profiles of Selected Measures

The 2007 reauthorization of Head Start requires Head Start programs to use child assessments and developmental screeners that are developmentally, linguistically, and culturally appropriate, as well as valid and reliable in the language in which they are used. This compendium was created to address this need and to promote the use of reliable and valid assessment data, wherever possible, in Head Start and other early childhood programs.

Measuring Child Outcomes in the Early Years

As concern increases over how specific public policies affect children in the early years, establishing cause and effect and estimating the benefits to young children puts increased technical demands on assessment.

Infants And Toddlers In The Policy Picture: A Self-Assessment Toolkit For States

Advocates have made progress in getting the message to policymakers about the first three years of life and gaps that can begin in infancy—only to be met by shrugs of doubt that anyone knows “what to do about babies.” We know that an array of proven interventions can help families get their babies off to a good start in life. Yet, piecing together the infant-toddler policy puzzle is not simple.