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Data Guide: Additional Community Assessment Indicators to Consider

This tool supports states and communities accessing data on young children from consistent, reliable sources, including a list of national and Illinois state data sources for community, maternal and child health indicators, child development, and governmental educational entities.

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Build Initiative
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Early Childhood Data in Action: Stories From the Field

This document highlights three communities using childhood data in clear and important ways to tailor more effective interventions and yield better results for infants and toddlers. The communities profiled are diverse—Indianola, MI, Ventura County, CA, and Philadelphia, PA—as are the aspects of their work discussed. Taken together, these case studies illuminate the remarkable range of benefits communities have begun to realize from careful and sustained efforts to collect, refine, analyze, and above all, use their data.

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Center for the Study of Social Policy, National Institute for Children's Health Quality
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East Durham Children's Initiative Impact Summary

The East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) is a place-based nonprofit that walks alongside children and families on their journey from cradle to college or career. Learn about the successes and challenges of their programs in the 2016 report.

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Duke Center for Child and Family Policy
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Eight Things to Remember About Child Development

This list by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University summarizes research on key aspects of early childhood development, including the brain science and the effects of adverse early childhood experiences.

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Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
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Federal Spending on Prenatal to Three: Developing a Public Response to Improving Developmental Trajectories and Preventing Inequities

This report on prenatal-to-three public investments examines federal funding sources that support pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. These funding sources lay the foundation for most state investments and undergird the implementation of programs and services to support young children within their families and communities.

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Center for the Study of Social Policy
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First 5 Ventura County: Strategic Plan Snapshot 2015-2020

First 5 Ventura County is working to promote school readiness through investments in health, early learning, and family strengthening, benefiting children from prenatal to age five. Learn more in this summary of their five-year strategic plan.

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First 5 Ventura
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Frequently Asked Questions About the Child Care WAGE$ Project

Learn about North Carolina's WAGE$ Project, including its grounding in research, how it reduces early childhood teacher turnover, and the importance of an educated early childhood teacher workforce with this list of frequently asked questions.

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Child Care Services Association
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