Achieving Positive Outcomes for Our Children with Reliable Data
Making informed decisions about programs, policies and decisions that promote positive outcomes for New Mexico children requires reliable information. Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT–ELC) grant is making that possible through the creation of an Early Childhood Integrated Data System (ECIDS). With ECIDS, policymakers, parents and early childhood providers – all important members of a child’s education support system – will be able to measure child outcomes over time.
ECIDS Project Manager Mary White explains, “Through a single identifier assigned to each child, the integrated system will pull data across all early learning programs to identify short and long term outcomes of early learning interventions for continuous improvement in programs and to ultimately achieve positive outcomes for each child from preschool through high school and beyond.” She added that the unique identifier will not track an individual child and does not rate or evaluate the performance or development of young children. Through the unique identifier, White added, "ECIDS will provide population-level outcomes on how children are faring throughout New Mexico."
ECIDS will integrate data from the three departments (PED, CYFD, and DOH) to create a data warehouse that will integrate data sets from these agencies. This will allow users of the data to identify how early childhood interventions support and improve well-being and education outcomes.
With ECIDS, policy makers will be able to make informed decisions about programs and policies that promote positive outcomes in the following ways:
- Measure early childhood program impacts on kindergarten readiness
- Help stakeholders identify short and long-term outcomes for continuous program improvement
- Count the number of children served by multiple early learning programs
- Assess the impact of qualifications and training of early learning program staff
- Allow parents to make informed decisions about quality programs in their area
- Evaluate program alignment across departments serving children ages 0 through 5
For more information about ECIDs, contact Mary White.