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Data Collection and Use in Early Childhood Education Programs: Evidence from the Northeast Region

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Research Alliance: Early Childhood Education Research Alliance

Principal Investigator: Jacqueline Zweig

Overview: Early childhood education programs face increasing pressures to collect data, about both teachers and children, and to use those data to make decisions. Research supports the potential value of using data in education settings for multiple purposes but little is known about whether or how early childhood education programs use data for these purposes. This study explores how early childhood education programs are collecting and using data, how they would like to use data, how they could use the data that they have, and the challenges they face in these efforts. These tasks were accomplished by interviewing administrators and teachers at seven preschools in a mid-sized city in the Northeast Region and by analyzing child data already collected by two of these preschools. 

This study was conducted in collaboration with the Early Childhood Education Research Alliance

Four questions guided the study:

  • What data do administrators and teachers from a sample of preschools collect on early learning outcomes, dosage, and classroom quality? 
  • How do these administrators and teachers use the data they collect? 
  • How would these administrators and teachers like to use the data they collect? 
  • What challenges do these administrators and teachers face in collecting and using data on early learning outcomes, dosage, and classroom quality that can inform policy or practice? 

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Stated Briefly: Data Collection and Use in Early Childhood Education Programs: Evidence from the Northeast Region

Infographic: What We Know about Data Use and Collection in Early Childhood Programs in the Northeast

Data Collection and Use in Early Childhood Education Programs: Evidence from the Northeast Region

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