This resource briefly describes some of the issues and opportunities states face in building early childhood data systems for a multi-ethnic society. As states are developing early childhood systems, they are also developing data systems that provide information about young children and their families and the public services that are provided to them. Some of this information is for basic monitoring and claims processing purposes, but states increasingly seek to design data systems that can be used to evaluate program strategies, identify gaps in services, and support continuous learning and results accountability.
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