New Report Urges Investment in ECE Data and Analytics

A new report from the University of Michigan and the Urban Institute has synthesized findings from 76 high-quality national, state, and local studies on the pandemic’s impact on young children’s learning and ECE programs and staff.

The report’s team of scholars then worked with ECE policy and practice leaders from around the country to “identify actionable, evidence-backed, and equity-centered solutions for addressing young children’s immediate needs, stabilizing hard-hit ECE programs, and mitigating longer-term ramifications of the crisis.”

Among the solutions the report mentions is the need to invest in data systems to “inform investments in programs and advance a system of continuous quality improvement.” The report specifically points to the need for analysts to synthesize data and put findings in context for decision-makers and practitioners.