In September 2011, Governor Herbert designated the existing Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems State Team to also function as the State Advisory Council on Early Care and Education.The Early Childhood Comprehensive System (ECCS) Grant is a program of the US Department of Health & Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Section 642 B(b)(1)(A)(i) of the Head Start Act requires the Governor to designate or establish a council to serve as the State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care for children from birth to school entry. This combined team is call Early Childhood Utah.
In order to support parents, it is crucial to understand what programs and strategies best prepare children and families for school success.
Each area is represented by a committee. Each committee has early childhood goals and projects that are being currently worked on. Today we are going to look at the Early Care and Education Committee’s efforts.
There are a variety of early childhood programs and services available to families in Utah. Some examples include programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who have a disability or adevelopmental delay, home visiting support for at-risk new mothers, child care subsidies for low income working families, preschool services offered by local school districts, Head Start comprehensive services for young children living in poverty and their families, and others.
This makes it difficult to have a complete understanding of the needs of families in order to collaborate and coordinate needed services.
Several early childhood programs and agencies are participating in this data integration effort.
Each early childhood program has a piece of the puzzle. When we share data, we have more complete picture of the needs of children and families.
The participating early childhood data keepers met and generated five broad policy questions that we would like to answer. These include:
How will early childhood data be integrated? Key data from multiple early childhood databases will be integrated into the Early Childhood Data System and into the state’s longitudinal data system being developed by the Utah Data Alliance. This will result in a usable source of data from early childhood through elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education and into the workforce. This will enable agencies and programs to track long-term outcomes from early childhood investments, and make better informed policy and resource decisions.
Early childhood data will be integrating through the CHARM electronic broker. The decision was made to utilize CHARM since several participating programs are already using CHARM. Charm was created for case management. Our project is “CHARM-LITE”. We are only using CHARM to assign the unique identifier, match the child records across programs and to de-identify the data. All data in the Early Childhood Data System is de-identified. The Early Childhood Data System will hold aggregate data that can be used for early childhood research.
As we evaluate this data, programs can be improved resulting in better child outcomes.
The Utah Early Childhood Statewide Data Integration Project
A project of the Early Care and Education Committee, Early Childhood UtahDepartment of Health – Bureau of Child Development
Governor’s State Early ChildhoodAdvisory Council on Comprehensive Early Care and Systems State Team Education Early Childhood Utah
Access to Health Care and Medical Homes Early Care and Education Parenting Education and Family Support Social-Emotional Development and Mental Health
Programs that support children’s early learning and development. Early Childhood Learning Standards. The Utah Early Childhood Statewide Data Integration Project.
Early childhood programs are funded and administered separately. Data from each program is maintained independently. Utah cannot track long term outcomes for children; and Utah cannot obtain an unduplicated count of children receiving early childhood services.
Utah Department of Health: Baby Watch Early Intervention Program; Office of Home Visiting; Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Initiative; State Advisory Council on Early Care & Education Utah Department of Workforce Services: Office of Child Care; Head Start State Collaboration Office Utah State Office of Education: Title I and Special Education Preschool Utah Department of Human Services: Division of Child & Family Services Local Head Start Programs The Utah Data Alliance The United Way Help Me Grow
Mission: The mission of the Utah Early Childhood Statewide Data Integration Project (ECDIP) is to facilitate data sharing and coordination among early childhood programs in Utah.
Are children birth to age 5 on track to succeed when they enter school?
Which children and families are and are not being served by which programs and services?
What characteristics of programs are associated with positive outcomes for which children?
What are the education and economic returns on early childhood investments?
How are data being used now and how will data be used in the future to inform policy and resource decisions?
UDOH UDA / UEN EHDI Post- secondaryImmun. Reg. K-12 WorkforceEI Part-CVS -BirthRecords Child Care ECDS UDADS Head StartEI Part-B Foster Care OHV Title 1Preschool Early-Childhood Researchers Education Researchers
UDOH UDA / UEN EHDI Post- secondaryImmun. Reg. K-12 WorkforceEI Part-CVS -BirthRecords Child Care CHARM ECDS UDADS Head StartEI Part-B Foster Care OHV Title 1Preschool Early-Childhood Researchers Education Researchers
Charm does not store any data. The data will be stored in the Early Childhood Data System. Charm will assign the unique identifier. Charm has a sophisticated record matching program. Charm has proven “data bridge” capabilities. Several programs are already using the Charm system.
The ECDS is being developed by Multimedia Data Services Corporation (MDSC). Data will be encrypted both during transit and at rest. Data suppliers and researchers will NOT have access to direct identifiers. UDOH will apply appropriate disclosure avoidance techniques for all direct and indirect identifiers.
Data will be sent from the Early Childhood Data System to the Utah Data Alliance Data Warehouse annually. Only data for school-age children will be pushed. The Utah Data Alliance Data Warehouse will store de- identified early childhood, K- 12, post-secondary, and workforce data.
An unique identifier will be assigned to a single child across multiple early childhood programs and services.
The unique identifier will allow de-identified children’s educational progress and outcomes to be tracked through early childhood and once the child enters the public school system.
The Early Childhood Data System and the Utah Data Alliance Data Warehouse will store de-identified longitudinal information for analysis and research purposes.
Colleen Murphy Early Childhood Interagency Coordinator 44 N. Mario Capechhi Dr. Salt Lake City, UT 84114 801-883-4679