In early childhood education, we are far behind other educational disciplines in having comprehensive data to catalyze collective action and make smarter, more equitable policy decisions. That lack of data makes it more challenging to identify where inequities exist and how best to address them. And yet tens of millions of dollars each year are allocated based on fragments of disconnected data – corresponding to a funding source rather than children’s experiences and outcomes. Millions in private funding are left on the table because we’re hard-pressed to describe, using system-wide data, which solutions best address root problems. Lawmakers struggle to find entry points at anything beyond programmatic levels. Providers operate in fragmented fiefdoms because they have no way of understanding how they’re performing in relation to others serving similar populations. Communities don’t know how to act collectively because they lack neighborhood-level data that translates an incoherent, complex system into understandable and solvable problems. Most importantly, 72% of children in Chicago do not meet the criteria for school readiness when they arrive in Kindergarten.
A real-time, comprehensive, citywide, cloud-based data ‘hub’ that integrates state and local early childhood data to answer a wide range of questions at the provider, neighborhood, and citywide levels.
CECIDS is designed to ultimately answer the 52 use cases that span from operational data needs to longitudinal research identified by an external advisory group of early childhood experts at the city and state levels. Those use cases include:
Request for Proposal: In partnership with Mayor’s Office, McCormick & Crown launched a national RFP to identify a strategic technology partner to conduct an assessment of the city’s data technology for early childhood.
Assessment: Assessed current & potential future state of Chicago’s EC Data Infrastructure
Stakeholder Engagement: Documented over 50 uses cases, deployed the foundational data model, and began developing the first analytics outputs
Developed prototype integrated data “hub” in partnership with DFSS & CPS
Expanded to include more partners, officially launched a new shared governance structure for CECIDS, and deployed first two data tools: Citywide Views and Operational Dashboards
Continue expanding to more CECIDS audiences, including adding public views and data request capacity
Adding more data sources to CECIDS, including more metrics on quality and children’s outcomes