Minnesota has been awarded a technical assistance opportunity to work with ECDataWorks, a new project intended to help states that have built Early Childhood Integrated Data Systems (ECIDS) to boost effective data use and learn strategies that can be shared with other states. Minnesota’s customized plan will be developed in the coming months. The current grant runs through 2019. Congratulations, ECLDS team!
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 email@example.com.
ECLDS has 3rd grade data!
The most recent update to the ECLDS site includes information on third grade cohorts. These new analyses represent the first longer-term examinations of the status of children in elementary school in relation to specific early childhood conditions such as birth weight. Explore the new tab Birth to Third Grade to learn more.
Child Trends Releases New Brief on How Policymakers Use Research and Data
Information resources such as research studies and the Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System tool are available to elected officials and public policymakers to help them make the best possible decisions on behalf of children. Child Trends' recently released brief Building Bridges: How to share research about children and youth with policymakers provides a helpful summary to keep in mind when sharing information intended to inform policy decisions. Examples in the brief provide insights into research and data use that can be applied to all types of child and youth policy, including early childhood.
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.
This innovative tool will combine data collected by the Department of Education, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health into one online, interactive database. The system will protect the privacy of individual children by not showing data for individual children. It will show population results only. It will show children’s growth and achievement in relation to their participation in a variety of educational and social programs over time.
Why do we need it?
Our government invests a lot of money into programs that help children. As it is now, we don’t have a complete picture of all the ways that the money has helped those children. Each department collects its own data: the education department collects education data, the health department collects health data, and human services human services data. Decision-makers rely on comprehensive information to make decisions. If all the data we collect were linked, we would be able to see what’s working and what isn’t across more than one public program. This online data tool is intended to do just that. We are able to build this tool because of funding from the federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant.
How will it work?
Minnesota already has all this data. The new tool will just make better use of what we already have at state agencies. The database will show users a variety of information. For example, you could look up how groups of children did in elementary school after participating in a certain type of early childhood program. For the first time, anyone will be able to explore how children benefit from government programs when they are very young. The system will not reveal data on individual children.
Why is it important?
Research shows that the early years of a person’s life are very important, so we need to know whether our programs for young children are helping. The new tool will allow anyone to see information on the results of multiple programs. Learning what works now will inform what we do in the future to help our children thrive.
Who will use it?
We hope this innovative tool will be a go-to source for anyone who is interested in our kids’ well-being. Anyone who wants to know whether we are spending public money wisely can use the system. This might include lawmakers, educators, community members, and parents.
The Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System is expected to go live in 2016. For an example of how it might look, please see the ECLDS system at ECLDS.mn.gov. ECLDS tracks students from K-12 to higher education to the workforce to see how older children are doing as they move through our education system.
This diagram shows the governance structure of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System. There are two bodies in this governance structure. The first is the ECLDS Governing Body. The second is the ECLDS Research and Data Committee. The Governing Body appoints members to the Research and Data Committee and the Research and Data Committee makes recommendations to the Governing Body. Both groups have members from the state departments of Education, Health, Human Services, MN.IT, the governor’s Children’s Cabinet and professional associations.
This diagram shows the structure of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Data system and the flow of data. Data sources are provided by the Departments of Education, Human Services and Health. They come into the system and are linked. Once linked, they are de-identified. This means that any data elements that can identify an individual are removed. Once de-identified, the data is moved to a warehouse which helps provide information to answer a variety of policy questions. Users can visit the web site where the de-identified data in the warehouse is available to answer a variety of questions. Four high-level questions that are being addressed with ECLDS data are: How many children are served? In what programs are children participating? In what types of quality programs do children participate? and What are child outcomes over time?
Click below to open the ECLDS Data Guide in its own browser tab.Data Guide
Click below to open the ECLDS data dictionary in its own browser tab.Data Dictionary
|Child Care Assistance Program||DHS||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Develop - Parent Aware||DHS||X||X||X||X||X|
|Early Education Student||MDE||X||X|
|Early Hearing Detection||MDH||X|
|Economic Assistance Programs: MFIP/DWP||DHS||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Economic Assistance Programs: SNAP||DHS||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|K-12 Child Count||MDE||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Kindergarten Entry Profile||MDE||X||X||X|
|Teacher Licensing Data||MDE||X||X||X||X||X||X|
New data sources and data from more recent time periods are added throughout the year. Check back often to see updates.
This project is funded by the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding. CFDA 84.412-A Federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant
- Grant Awarded: Race to the Top (Shared Milestone)
- Charter Finalized: Charter Established between the three participating state agencies (Program/Business Activities Milestone)
- ECLDS Lead in Place (Program/Business Activities Milestone)
- Expert Program Contacts Identified (Program/Business Activities Milestone)
- IT staff in Place: IT Project Manager and contracted technical staff hired (Technical/IT Activities Milestone)
- Informing, building relationships around project and goals (Program/Business Activities Milestone)
- Governance Established (Program/Business Activities)
- Approval of Key Policy Questions: Consolidation, discussion, explication, prioritization (Program/Business Activities Milestone)
- Architecture designed and in place (Technical/IT Activities Milestone)
- Data Sharing Agreements in Place (Technical/IT Activities Milestone)
- Stakeholder Focus Groups Convened: Partners and practitioners engaged in data use and needs (Program/Business Activities Milestone)
- Analytics: Charts, graphs, and reports created from data (Technical/IT Activities Milestone)
- Multiple Iterations of Analytics Development: Agile process used to develop charts, graphs, and reports (Technical/IT Activities Milestone)
- SLDS-IES Data Use Grant Award: Partners and practitioners engaged in data use and needs (Program/Business Activities)
- Web Site Launch: Site is launched with mobile first technology (Technical/IT Activities Milestone)