Data Development Work Team

Valuable data about early childhood services is currently being collected in New York State, but it is not shared across agencies. When combined, it grows to a far more powerful analytical tool that can help drive policy, planning and funding decisions for state and local government, researchers and service providers. The Data Development Work Group is examining what systems and information is needed to create the first cross-program early childhood integrated data system, to provide a fuller picture of early learning in New York. 

Work Group Activities:

  • Program and policy questions: Compiled a list of Program and Policy Questions that should be answered by a cross-program early learning longitudinal data system and scored them according to:
    • quality/quantity of current data
    • level of difficulty to answer each question
    • approximate time needed to make the date available
    • Crosswalk: Developed a list of necessary data elements into a crosswalk that shows the data currently available in each early childhood education data system.
    • Data Elements Analysis Report: Created the Data Elements Analysis Report providing deeper analysis of the type and quality of data elements located in New York State and New York City early learning data systems.
    • Additional Data: Drafted Additional Data Elements Needed to provide recommendations on data needed for a more global view of early childhood education in New York State.
    • Proposal: Developed the Early Learning Data System Proposal to provide a step by step pathway toward the development of an early childhood integrated data system,


Publications and Resources


Data Development Work Team Membership List:  Co-Chairs: Bob Frawley Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance; Carol Saginaw, Child Advocate, Cate Bohn, NYS Council on Children and Families.


Data Development Work Team Work Plan