A Tool Using Data to Inform a State Infant/Toddler Agenda

Mar 22, 2010

By Elizabeth Hoffmann

CLASP has released a new data tool intended for state advocates and policymakers to use as they work to develop a state infant/toddler care agenda. It includes a series of key questions to understand the context and conditions of infants and toddlers in the state. Questions include data on demographics and program participation (such as health and nutrition programs), as well as the details of child care and early education settings in the state.

Where possible, links to online data sources are provided, including both original sources and organizations that have analyzed multiple datasets. By following these links, groups can find data specific to their state to populate the tool. Once compiled, these data could be analyzed to identify any trends, areas of need for policy change, and opportunities to support the case for increased investment.

Users can download and save a copy of this tool, then fill in their state's data. National figures are included where possible, which can provide context of how infants and toddlers are faring on key indicators. The complete tool plus individual sections are available for download at www.clasp.org/babiesinchildcare/tools.

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