The Sunshine State Early Childhood Information Portal (The Sunshine Portal) is a centralized Early Childhood Integrated Data System which combines information at the child and family level from key sectors in the Early Childhood Mixed Delivery System (e.g. health, education, financial, and social supports) in Florida. Data and visualizations are presented at the community level and include information on child and household risk factors, child and household resilience factors, service access, and child and family outcomes. Using geospatial analyses, the research results are presented as interactive maps that show trends across space and time. ​

The Sunshine Portal was created in partnership with the Florida Division of Early Learning within the Florida Department of Education and is currently being used by local and state level policy makers in Florida to make data-informed decisions to improve supports and services for young children and families.

The Sunshine State Early Childhood Information Portal (The Sunshine Portal) is a centralized Early Childhood Integrated Data System which combines information at the child and family level from key sectors in the Early Childhood Mixed Delivery System (e.g. health, education, financial, and social supports) in Florida. Data and visualizations are presented at the community level and include information on child and household risk factors, child and household resilience factors, service access, and child and family outcomes. Using geospatial analyses, the research results are presented as interactive maps that show trends across space and time. ​

The Sunshine Portal was created in partnership with the Florida Division of Early Learning withing the Florida Department of Education and is currently being used by local and state level policy makers in Florida to make data-informed decisions to improve supports and services for young children and families. ​

FLICCA Map

The Florida Index of Child Care Access

The Florida Index of Child Care Access (FLICCA 5.0) is an interactive mapping tool which depicts levels of access to quality child care for families enrolled in the Florida School Readiness (SR) Subsidy Program.

Florida Childcare Provider Occupancy Tool

Florida Childcare Provider Occupancy

Interactive maps depicting childcare provider occupancy. Data reflect approximately 8,000 providers who applied for ARPA provider stabilization grants from the Florida Division of Early Learning.

Screenshot of ESSA visual breakdown

Economic Self Sufficiency Analysis

The Economic Self Sufficiency Analysis (ESSA) analyses describe eligibility policy, eligible populations using services, and use administrative data to describe the experiences of households with at least one child below the age of 14 (below 6 for Medicaid) using SR, SNAP, TCA, Medicaid, and/or HCV.

FLICCA Map

Research Reports

The Early Childhood Policy Research Group (ECPRG) continues to conduct analyses important to decision-makers. As these other projects are completed, please find their results and reports here.

Resources

We strive to provide quality data and the resources to understand them. These guidance documents support data-informed decision-making within the Sunshine Portal. More resources will be included as new analyses are added.

Future Analyses

As we continue to improve and expand our tools, they will be published here and presented as interactive maps and charts covering these topic areas: population demographics and available services, population use of services, benefits cliffs, and differential outcomes.

Child Care Providers Map

Mapping Hurricane Ian’s Impact

Please find child care providers’ most-current operational status following the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

The Team

Anita Zucker Center Staff

Herman T. Knopf, Ph.D.

Herman T. Knopf, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist
Phillip Sherlock, Ph.D.

Phillip Sherlock, Ph.D.

Data Scientist IV

Maya Schreiber, M.A.

Maya Schreiber, M.A.

Consultant

Remy Pages, Ph.D.

Remy Pages, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Associate
Jing Huang, M.S.

Jing Huang, M.S.

Graduate Assistant

Dévonja Daley, B.S.

Dévonja Daley, B.S.

Research Coordinator II
Yujie Hu, Ph.D.

Yujie Hu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography

Robert Chapman, B.A.

Robert Chapman, B.A.

Data Management Consultant

Family Data Center Staff

Yanning Wang, M.S.

Yanning Wang, M.S.

Data Management Analyst III
Jiawei Li, M.S.

Jiawei Li, M.S.

Data Management Analyst II
Erik Schmidt B.S., MCSE+M, CSM, A+

Erik Schmidt B.S., MCSE+M, CSM, A+

IT Director

Contact Us:

Dévonja Daley
info.sunshineportal@coe.ufl.edu​

The Sunshine State Early Childhood Information Portal Project is supported by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDG B-5) Grant Number 90TP0068-03-02 from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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