New Year, New Website!
A guide to the new IECAM website
IECAM is proud to announce its new website—designed with its users in mind! The site streamlines access to the online database and easy-to-use data tools so users can hone in on what's most important: their community's early childhood data. While these changes are designed to improve users' access to data, there may be questions about what has changed, and where some features are on the new site. We hope the guide below can help.
- IECAM's database and data tools are front and center! Easy-to-find buttons on the homepage direct users to the database and Regional Reports landing pages.
- Information previously found on IECAM's Quick Data Reports and County Snapshots can now be accessed through the Regional Reports.
- You can now search much of the site content by topic. This includes descriptions of data on the database as well as additional maps, charts, and news and blog posts.
- Most subtopics are organized under four main topics: Demographics, Early Childhood Services and Programs, Health, and Social and Economic Factors.
- Data descriptions and curated data, maps, and charts are organized alphabetically. News and blog posts are organized by date.
- Our maps and visualization section has been retitled Curated Maps, Charts, and Data and is in the Browse section, along with data topics and tools.
- Information about data availability can be found in the About IECAM section. Methodology information can be found in the Search the Database section.
- The Illinois Early Childhood Dashboard can be found in the Data Tools section.
- Resources about how to use IECAM data can be found on our Data Tips page.
The site is continually evolving...
Since 2007, IECAM has brought together data related to early childhood care, education, and demographics to help inform a wide variety of Illinois stakeholders. During this time, IECAM has endeavored to be as responsive as possible to the data needs of the state. Recently, for example, the state is making organizational changes aimed at expanding access to early childhood programs. The IECAM website was redesigned with flexibility in mind so it can accommodate these changes and provide new ways of delivering data to stakeholders. In this spirit of responsiveness, the site is a work in progress, and is being continually improved with your feedback in mind.
We want to hear from you!
What do you like about the new website? What could be improved? Let us know!