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The Utah Early Childhood Statewide Data Integration Project

Feb 9, 2016

Accountability & Evaluation resource information on state policies and initiatives that impact infants, toddlers and their families

In Utah, a statewide integrated data system is being developed to facilitate data sharing and coordination across 35 early childhood programs, with funding and leadership from the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. Key data from multiple databases and programs (e.g., birth records, immunization, Part C, home visiting, child care, Head Start, foster care, and others) will be integrated into one system. Children will be assigned a unique identifier. The identifier will allow childrens educational progress and outcomes to be tracked through early childhood and the public school system. This will allow state administrators to obtain an unduplicated count of children receiving early childhood services, will provide a more complete picture of the needs of children and families, and will create opportunities to analyze data for long-term analysis and research purposes.

Learn more about Utah and how other states are using MIECHV funds to strengthen their early childhood systems in ZERO TO THREEs paper, The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program: Smart Investments Build Strong Systems for Young Children found at http://www.zerotothree.org/policy/homevisiting/docs/ztt-homevisiting_final.pdf

Learn more about the Utah Data Integration Project at http://www.slideshare.net/StateofUtah/the-utah-early-childhood-statewide-data-integration-project

Updated February 2016

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