The 10 Fundamentals

Fundamental 5: Unique program site identifier with the ability to link with children and the ECE workforce

States need information about program sites to understand whom they serve and their impact on children. A unique, statewide program site identifier is a single, non-duplicated number that is assigned to a school, center or home-based ECE provider. States also may assign unique classroom identifiers to identify individual classrooms within a site. A program site identifier allows states to link data on ECE services to a particular site and track these characteristics over time and across key databases. It also allows states to connect ECE program sites with their staff and the children they serve to better understand the relationships among the site and staff characteristics, child program participation, and child outcomes to inform policy decisions.