Data-Sharing Leads to Improved Outreach to Preschool-Age Children

Data-Sharing Leads to Improved Outreach to Preschool-Age Children

This case study from Minnesota shows how, when school administrators saw the kindergarten readiness gap between children who had attended pre-K and those who hadn’t, they and the United Way began to connect the data between health and social service utilization and preschool enrollment to see which children needed outreach. With this understanding, they were able to bring preschool resources to home-based child care centers and link them to social services.

Later, with support from Minnesota’s Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System, they were able to improve their outreach further, into the underserved Latino and Somali communities. Program participants underscore the gains that can occur when state agencies share and integrate data on preschool- and school-aged children.