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Early Childhood Data Advisory Council Meeting

May 27 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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The NC Early Childhood Data Advisory Council (ECDAC) met virtually on May 27, 2021. See agenda items below:

  • Next Steps for Data Development: The ECDAC selected two affordable, high-quality child care measures as its next areas of focus for data development: 1) Estimated eligible children under age six receiving child care subsidies, disaggregated by race/ethnicity and income, and 2) Families paying ten percent or less of their income on child care, disaggregated by race/ethnicity, income, and age of children. A workgroup will be formed to consider opportunities and barriers and create an initial plan for next steps.   
  • COVID-19 and NC’s Early Childhood Data: The ECDAC continued its discussion of the implications of COVID-19 on NC’s early childhood data. Dr. Paul Lanier, Associate Professor and Director of Child and Family Well-Being at the Jordan Institute of Families reviewed a policy brief that highlighted some data considerations for the NC Early Childhood Action Plan (ECAP) in response to COVID-19 program and policy changes. ECDAC members shared examples and concerns based on their current work. The ECDAC will continue to explore how it can best support NC’s early childhood data work related to COVID-19.
  • Data Updates:
    • Dr. Iheoma Iruka—Research Professor at UNC Dept. of Public Policy, Fellow at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and Founding Director of the Equity Research Action Coalition—presented findings from a recent report: Black Parent Voices: Resilience in the Face of the Two Pandemics–COVID-19 and Racism. The report illustrates how the pandemic is affecting Black families’ experiences with racism and discrimination, financial security/material hardship, health and mental health, and early care and education options using national Rapid-EC survey data collected from Black families with children ages zero to five. 
    • Dan Tetreault, OEL/Read to Achieve Project Coordinator and Jenni Wilkinson, Early Education Policy Advisor from NC DPI’s Office of Early Learning.provided an overview of the Excellent Public Schools Act of 2021 and its data requirements. 
    • Vikki Crouse, Policy Analyst and NC KIDS COUNT Project Director at NC Child provided an overview and tour of their 2021 County Data Dashboard

The ECDAC will meet again on September 15, 2021 @ 11:30am. 

The meeting PPT presentation, meeting notes, and Early Childhood Data Development Strategy 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


May 27
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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