State-Level Data Systems

About the 2013 survey

The 2013 Early Care and Education Data Systems Survey (ECEDSS) was developed by the Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC) partners. A subset of questions from the ECDC’s 2010 data systems survey were revised to clarify definitions regarding linking child-level data and include specific examples of data linkages, child development screening and assessment tools, and data governance roles. The survey was piloted in four states (Colorado, Illinois, Rhode Island, and Vermont) and revised based on the feedback received. The end result was a 26-item survey, comprising of six core questions and 20 follow-up questions based on responses to the core items. The survey questions were programmed into an online survey software named Qualtrics.

On July 3, 2013, ECDC distributed the ECEDSS through the Qualtrics website via email. The emails included a short letter explaining the purpose of the survey, as well as a link to the survey. The emails were sent to representatives from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. For each state and the District of Columbia, a main contact was identified by ECDC partners to complete the survey and coordinate responses from other early childhood program staff. Main contacts were sent contact information for staff from the early intervention, preschool special education, state prekindergarten, Head Start, and subsidized child care programs to assist with data collection. The main contacts who responded to the survey primarily represented staff from the Department of Health, Social, or Human Services (31 percent), Department of Education (25 percent), State Early Childhood Advisory Council (20 percent), or the Office of Early Learning (20 percent). Click here to access the list of survey contacts. The survey took each respondent an average of 54 minutes to complete.

Data collection was completed by October 1st, 2013. Responses from 50 states and the District of Columbia were received. All ECEDSS responses were exported from Qualtrics into an Excel spreadsheet which was then imported into SAS, statistical software, for data cleaning and analysis. After analyzing the completed survey responses, ECDC staff conducted follow-up calls and emails to correct missing or miscoded responses. All state contacts were sent a copy of their final responses and data used for the state profiles included in the final report.

2013 Early Childhood Data Systems Survey final

Report: 2013 State of States’ Early Childhood Data Systems

Map: State Survey Results and Highlights

State Survey Respondents

State Organization Name Title Email
Alabama Alabama Head Start State Collaboration Office Pam Laning Director
Alaska Division of Public Assistance, Child Care Program Office Development Amanda Manning Project Assistant
Arizona Arizona Head Start Association Natalie Alvarez President
Arkansas Department of Human Services/Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education Tonya Russell Director
California California Department of Education Meredith Cathcart Administrator
Colorado Department of Human Services Colin Tackett Business Analyst
Connecticut Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Andrea Brinnel Education Consultant
Delaware Delaware Office of Early Learning Nancy Widdoes Deputy Director
District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education Jeff Noel Director of Data Management
Florida Florida Office of Early Learning Noelle Bee Program & Policy Manager
Georgia Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Bobby Cagle Commissioner
Hawaii Executive Office on Early Learning Georgenne Weisenfeld Director
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Genie Sue Weppner Program Manager
Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development Kim Collins Project Manager
Indiana Bureau of Child Care Melanie Brizzi Child Care Administrator
Iowa Iowa Department of Management Jeffrey Anderson SAC Facilitator
Kansas Kansas Children’s Cabinent and Trust Fund James Redmon Executive Director
Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Terry Tonlan Executive Director
Louisiana Louisiana Department of Education Lisa Brochard Chief of Staff, Early Childhood
Maine Maine Department of Education Jaci Holmes Federal State Legislative Liaison
Maryland Maryland State Department of Education Elizabeth Kelley Director, Office of Child Care
Massachusetts Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Tan Gopal Chief Information Office
Michigan Michigan Department of Education Susan Broman Deputy Superintendent
Minnesota Minnesota Department of Education, Early Learning Services Anita Larson Data Policy Manager
Mississippi Office of the Governor Laurie Smith Education Policy Advisor/Executive Director of State Early Childhood Advisory Council
Missouri Missouri Coordinating Board of Early Childhood/Missouri State Advisory Council Daryl Rothman Executive Director
Montana Early Childhood Services Bureau Patty Butler Chief
Nebraska Nebraska Department of Education Melody Hobson Administrator
Nevada Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Margot Chappel Director, Head Start Collaboration & Early Childhood Systems
New Hampshire Spark New Hampshire Early Childhood Advisory Council Laura Milliken Director
New Jersey New Jersey Department of Education Karin Garver Education Program Development Specialist
New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department Dan Haggard Deputy Director, Early Childhood Services Division
New York New York State Council on Children and Families Bob Frawley Deputy Director
North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education Rachel Kaplan Early Childhood Data Specialist, Early Childhood Inegrated Data System
North Dakota Department of Human Services, Child and Family Services Mark Schaefer Heat Start State Collaboration Office Administrator
Ohio Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Tonya Kahley Child Care Project Manager, Office of Family Assistance
Oklahoma Smart Start Oklahoma Debra Anderson Executive Director
Oregon Oregon Department of Education Nancy Johnson-Dorn Director Part C and Part B 619
Pennsylvania Office of Child Development & Early Learning Marci Walters Business Analyst
Rhode Island Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Leanne Barrett Senior Policy Analyst
South Carolina South Carolina Department of Social Services Leigh Bolick Director, Division of Early Care & Education
South Dakota South Dakota Department of Social Services Patricia Monson Division of Child Care Services, Division Director
Tennessee Tennessee Department of Education Connie Casha Director of Early Childhood Programs
Texas Texas Early Learning Council Don Titcombe Program Manager
Utah Utah Office of Child Care Kristen Floyd Director
Vermont Building Bright Futures Julie Coffey Executive Director
Virginia Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Deborah Jonas Chewning Research Fellow
Washington Department of Early Learning Carrie Wolfe Data Governance Coordinator
West Virginia West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources Kimberly J Hawkins Director, Division of Early Care & Education
Wisconsin Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Jill Haglund Early Childhood Consultant
Wyoming Wyoming Department of Family Services Tania Trujillo Resource & Referral Coordinator