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Welcome to Minnesota's new Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System site!

We are excited to offer this new and evolving tool to help our state answer questions about young children and their development and learning. Keep in mind, this is Minnesota’s foundation for filling gaps in knowledge on children. We are excited to continue to grow our system and provide more and robust information for all interested users around the state.

Thanks for visiting! Please come back often, we are constantly growing and adding new features. If you have any questions please contact eclds.support@state.mn.us.

What's New

NEW: 2017-18 School Year Data Available

The ECLDS now contains data for the 2017-2018 school year. Look for the updates in our reports as well our data story, Nourishing Our Children for Success.

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Quick Access to Community-Level Census Data Now Available

American Community Survey (ACS) data about families with young children is now available in smaller age bands for all counties in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. ACS data can be time-consuming to access, interpret, and use. Minnesota has purchased, with SLDS funding, customized ACS tables divided into three smaller age bands that offer users data for children under age 6. Access your county and/or state’s data today.

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New Comprehensive Services Map

Make quicker connections to resources in your community with help from ECLDS’s new Comprehensive Services Map. Using the Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota’s Bridge to Benefits as a template, and partnering with the Minnesota Literacy Council, MDE created this geolocation service so individuals and families can now visually find nearby support programs and resources.

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ECLDS Funded Alongside SLEDS

Under the higher education bill signed into law last May, ECLDS was granted ongoing state funding for fiscal years 2020 and 2021, alongside the Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS).

The new bill also adds ECLDS to the P-20 Education Partnership statute and its role in evaluating the effectiveness of early childhood and the long-term outcomes that bind early care, education, and the workforce. Our efforts to provide policymakers, educators, program administrators, and general public with integrated data on child well-being and early childhood development will continue to expand.

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Brought to you by Minnesota

This project is funded by the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding, CFDA 84.412A- Federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant.

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