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The Race To the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant is enabling us to integrate data across early learning programs so that we know how many children are being served, how many and the location of our early learning programs and the qualifications and capacity of our early learning workforce. The RTT-ELC will also enable us to evaluate whether or not we make a difference for New Mexico children over time – do fewer children drop out and are more children graduating as a result of quality early learning experiences? Do these quality early learning experiences influence a child’s success in school? In other words, do our investments in early learning mean that New Mexico children do better in school and are ready to enter higher education and the workforce?
Early Childhood Integrated Data Work
We have begun work to integrate data between the early learning programs. This involves:
- Developing a data sharing agreement between the Public Education Department, Children Youth & Families Department, and the Department of Health
- Ensuring privacy and security of data, in accordance with state and Federal laws
- Determining the data currently collected across systems
- Developing a unique statewide child identifier that is a single, non-duplicated number that is assigned to, and remains with, a child throughout their participation in early learning programs that can be used to track the progress of each child over time as the child moves through grade school.
- Developing the technical processes to transfer data across system to allow for non-identifiable reporting and mapping of data.
Early Childhood Integrated Data Impact
As a result of the Race To the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant New Mexico for the first time we will be able to:
Report across early learning programs, for example:
- The number of children who receive early intervention in an Early Head Start setting.
- The total number of children participating in early learning programs in a geographic area, for instance in a county, school district, zip code, etc.
- The number of children who transition from one program to another, for example, from a child care setting to a PreK?
Report the outcomes for children over time, for example:
- Do children that receive early intervention or Preschool Special Education need less special education in later years
- How well do children who received quality early learning experiences perform at grade 3 or and graduation?
Report on the workforce and quality, for example:
- The qualifications and training of early learning staff across programs
- The number and locations of early learning programs by FOCUS star rating
Search for early learning programs, for example:
- Families will be able to search for quality early learning programs in their community based on their child’s age and needs
- Community members and policy members will be able to view maps showing the location of early learning programs, by zip code, county, etc.