In 2021, Kansas enacted a data trust agreement (Data Trust) outlining new data governance opportunities and structures among four state agencies. The Data Trust reflects Kansas’ commitment to the future of our early childhood system and is the foundation of our robust Kansas Early Childhood Integrated Data (ECID) approach. We join many states across the country who place value on data-driven decision making in the public sphere for children and families.
The Data Trust establishes a governance board whose members will design sustainable practices and tools for efficiently sharing early childhood data among members. The Data Trust will prioritize data projects that apply for, and are approved to be ECID Authorized Projects. The Data Trust structure allows for additional members to be included and avenues for community and provider requests to be reviewed.