Early Childhood Data Advisory Council Meeting
The NC Early Childhood Data Advisory Council met virtually on February 23.
- Rob Morrell, Director of Human Services Business Information & Analytics for DHHS shared progress on updating/enhancing NC’s child welfare data system. Rob also shared an update on the pandemic EBT program.
- Muffy Grant, Executive Director of NCECF presented results from the state’s first survey on how families are navigating child care and work before and during COVID-19, including an economic analysis of the revenue loss to working parents, employers, and the economy due to inadequate and inequitable access to quality, affordable child care in NC.
- Dr. Kristi Snuggs, Deputy Director of the Division of Child Development and Early Education for DHHS shared data on how the pandemic has impacted early education, including child care enrollment, subsidy, and NC PreK data.
- Donna Albaugh and Holly Lee of the Office of Early Learning at the NC Department of Public Instruction presented a new family guide to supporting kindergarten readiness, part of their response to the pandemic.
- Michelle Ries of the NC Institute of Medicine shared the newly-released Child Health Report Card and the accompanying social media toolkit.
The Council also began a conversation about the direction of the ECDAC during the pandemic and going forward, which will be continued at the next meeting in May.
The meeting presentation, Early Childhood Data Development Strategy, and a legislative report and roadmap on the Child Welfare Case Management System are available to the right under Related Resources.
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