Understanding the comprehensive sets of strengths, needs, and service utilization patterns of young children is a priority to inform Early Childhood Iowa collaborations. The purpose of this I2D2 study is to examine the patterns of family characteristics, child care and public service utilization, and child outcomes across developmental domains including health, education, and social well-being.
It includes relevant data for children across the birth-to-five years and into elementary school to ask critical questions, such as:
Who are we serving in our systems?
Who are we missing?
What are unduplicated counts of children across our birth-to-five programs?
What are characteristics of children who receive multiple services?
What happens before and after service use?
Are we impacting the outcomes we seek to impact through our services?
The ECILS included birth-to-five cohort study that identified disproportionate risks experienced by many children that can be identified at birth and which relate to poor outcomes in kindergarten. It also highlighted groups of children and families who were less likely to participate in formal preschool — a known supportive factor that could facilitate more vulnerable children being ready for successful school outcomes. It was used to conduct the 2019 comprehensive statewide needs assessment for Early Childhood Iowa, which subsequently informed development of the ECI Strategic Plan, We Are ECI. This work is guiding statewide efforts such as addressing the child care crisis, expanding family support and knowledge to access relevant services, and tackling workforce shortages.
DOM Lead and Contract Director
ISU Analysis Lead
Kelly Davydov, DHR/DOM Program Manager and Preschool Development Grant Director
Amanda Winslow, DOM ECI Systems Coordinator
Ryan Page, DHS Program Manager
Mary Breyfogle, DE Early Childhood Education Consultant
Rick Roghair, Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children
Tom Rendon, Iowa Head Start State Collaboration Office
Vital Statistics Birth Records (IDPH)
Kindergarten and Preschool Enrollment (IDOE)
Childcare Subsidy Receipt (IDHS)
Home visiting and family support program enrollment (IDPH, DOM, DHR)
Head Start Enrollment (Head Start Grantees)
This work has been supported by federal funding from the Administration for Children and Families Preschool Development Grant B-5 to the Iowa Department of Management, and by seed grants from Iowa State University and the College of Human Sciences to faculty investigators Heather Rouse and Cassandra Dorius.
Rouse, H.L., Dorius, C., Lippard, C., Peterson, C., Choi, Y., Voas, R., Riser, Q*., Bartel, M.*, Ku, S.*, Bruning, J.*, Gress, A.*, Kelley, E.*, Facile, K.*, & Flake, L*. (September, 2019). Early Childhood Iowa Needs Assessment 2019. Early Childhood Iowa’s Integrated Data System, Iowa State University. Prepared for Early Childhood Iowa. Des Moines, IA.
Rouse, H.L., Dorius, C., Davydov, K., Richey, E., & Winslow, A., (November, 2020). Systems integration for systems improvement: Iowa’s integrated data approach to support early childhood program and policy research. Poster presentation for the National Research Conference on Early Childhood. (online due to COVID-19).