Early Childhood Data Advisory Council Meeting
The NC Early Childhood Data Advisory Council met virtually on November 9.
- Council member Dr. Amy Hawn Nelson presented on her national work to develop a toolkit on how to center racial equity in data integration and her work with NCDHHS to develop a data-sharing guidebook.
- Dr. Crystal Lee Pow Jackson, an Environmental Toxicologist with the NC Division of Public Health, presented on a federal grant the state has just received from the CDC to enhance environmental health data capacity in the state. We are considering how the ECDAC could collaborate with NCDPH on this grant, around environmental health data that impacts young children.
Members received updates on relevant early childhood data and policy initiatives, including:
- Early Childhood Integrated Data System (ECIDS)
- Educational Longitudinal Data System
- Child Welfare statewide Case Management System
The Council also heard updates on the two measures they had prioritized to focus on first from the data development strategy they created in 2019:
- Adult Health Insurance – Council members worked between meetings to find data sources for adult health insurance, disaggregated by income and race at the state level, and disaggregated by race at the county level. These data will be added to the Pathways Data Dashboard in the coming months.
- Preschool Suspensions and Expulsions – DPI’s Office of Early Learning has been working on ensuring that all preschoolers in district schools or who receive state services (like Exceptional Children services) have their attendance and discipline data entered into PowerSchool. These data will be messy and not shareable for the first year or so, but then NC should be able to start seeing disaggregated data on preschool suspensions and expulsions.
The meeting presentation, Early Childhood Data Development Strategy, and handouts on the Child Welfare Case Management System are available to the right under Related Resources. The meeting recording is available here.
The Early Childhood Data Advisory Council meets quarterly and aims to:
- Improve quality and scope of early childhood data
- Advocate for agencies and organizations to align their work around the Pathways and ECAP measures
- Advocate for and facilitate better data sharing
- Provide guidance, feedback, and support to ground the state’s early childhood work in data and research
- Build partnerships with other existing data groups
- Serve as ambassadors for the ECAP, ECIDs, and the Pathways initiative