Strategic Plan

Strategy 1.5

Measure the effectiveness and impact of early childhood care and education services over time and use this information to improve outcomes for children.

1.5.1   Review the necessity and value of data collection, sharing, reporting, and evaluation requirements across state agencies and funding streams. Adjust and align approaches to reduce burden and drive collective impact.
State agency led tactic.

1.5.2   Use unduplicated counts of children and families receiving services across the early childhood care and education system to guide decision-making, including where to allocate resources at the regional, county, and/or community level to meet the
identified need.
State agency led tactic.Statewide and community-level partnerships.

1.5.3   Develop shared early childhood care and education indicators related to healthy development, early learning, and strong families. Report on the indicators on an annual basis to identify trends and monitor quality, equity, and effectiveness.
State agency led tactic.Statewide and community-level partnerships.

Progress Update

Indicators and measures identified in the PDG grant and from the All in for Kansas Kids Strategic Plan are part of an extensive evaluation plan. They serve as the basis for formal reports which primarily seek to count services and analyze anecdotal information. The work to build an early childhood integrated data system (Strategy 1.4) will broaden and deepen our understanding of these measures and what they indicate about how our state is helping to ensure that every child thrives. Both improved data integration (Strategy 1.4) and increased alignment (Strategy 1.2) better positions our state and local leaders for making informed decisions about resource allocation and service improvements.