"Now more than ever, data are essential to helping policymakers and administrators understand the needs in their states including helping families access services." - Child Trends
The center provides the opportunity to navigate centralized, and in some cases, integrated data, across the early childhood system. Access to high-quality, up-to-date data allows us to respond more efficiently and effectively to the needs of children and families statewide and understand and monitor how our system, and decision-making, impact outcomes for those most vulnerable. Consistently reviewing data also allows the entire system (policy makers, agency leadership, community partners, and families) to identify where there are gaps in the system, where duplication exists, how resources are (or are not) successful in impacting outcomes, what to prioritize, and evaluate progress on existing initiatives. Viewing data across sectors also serves as a reminder of the linkages and interactions between and among early childhood programs, services and resources, and allows us to coordinate data priorities. Finally, providing publicly accessible early childhood data in one centralized place allows us to know, across sectors, whether we’re making a difference in the lives of children and families.
Vermont has re-committed to data-informed decision making, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, but we have yet to lean in to executing the use of data to inform policy across all sectors. It is time to prioritize existing data gaps in our early childhood system and move forward to make meaningful change for children and families.
Recognizing the importance of making data easily accessible to early childhood stakeholders, The Center makes multiple national and state datasets available in multiple formats.
There are questions that Vermont is not currently able to answer due to data gaps. Learn more about efforts to identify and monitor what data exists, the limitations of existing data, and the pursuit of prioritized data gaps.
Data literacy is a foundation for data use. Data literacy is the ability to consume for knowledge, produce coherently and think critically about data.
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