Data Informed Policymaking
The Anita Zucker Center and our collaborators engage in generating and using policy-relevant data to support informed decisions about early childhood policymaking at local, state, and national levels. With continuous support since 2016, our research focuses on helping early childhood leaders to (a) identify important questions, (b) collect and use data to answer those questions, and (c) make decisions about how to enhance early childhood policies.
Our work on data-informed policymaking has led to guidance at the local, state, and national levels in the use of data to make decisions.
Our partnerships with local, state, and national agencies to help them use their data to answer important questions about policies.
Our project teams include students and other stakeholders interested in learning more effective ways to use data to inform policymaking. Through their active engagement in our work these individuals are learning the soft-skills and the technical skills necessary to form and maintain the collaborative partnerships necessary to support data informed policymaking.
Early childhood leaders have used our work to increase families’ access to early education and care by directing investment to specific areas in need.
State Agencies and Organizations
Early Learning Coalitions
Head Start/Early Head Start Grantees
Children enrolled in Florida School Readiness Program (2019 - 2020)
Did you know there are local and national resources to help families locate and access needed early education and care arrangements?
Pilot Study: Application of the Index of Child Care Access among five Early Learning Coalitions in Florida
Through this project the UF Childhood Needs Assessment Partnership endeavored to test the feasibility of applying the Index of Child Care Access in the state of Florida using only state administrative data
Researchers studying the impact of early childhood education and care programs have confirmed that children and families who access truly high-quality services achieve positive outcomes that last a lifetime.