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Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy)
SRI's DaSy Center provides national leadership around developing or enhancing coordinated early childhood longitudinal data systems in states.
The DaSy Center assists state agencies in creating, expanding, or improving early childhood cross-agency and longitudinal data systems. The data systems will enhance state capacity to collect, analyze, and report high-quality data required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and allow states to examine how their public investments result in better outcomes for children and families.
Funded by the Office of Special Education Programs in the U.S. Department of Education, the DaSy Center is operated by SRI in collaboration with the University of North Carolina’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Applied Engineering Management (AEM), Westat, and Center for Technology in Education (CTE) at Johns Hopkins University. DaSy’s work centers around three areas:
- Knowledge development: The DaSy Center works with Part C and Part B preschool state agencies to identify the status of their efforts to develop and enhance the data systems that contain their Part C and Part B preschool data and develop and enhance linkages between Part C and Part B preschool data and data from other early childhood programs. Center staff also partnered with a small set of states to develop a framework that identifies critical components and processes for effective data systems.
- Technical assistance and dissemination: The DaSy Center provides a continuum of general, intensive, and targeted technical assistance (TA) and dissemination activities that support coordinated early childhood longitudinal data systems. Activities include hosting national meetings, conducting topical meetings on key issue areas, maintaining a website, forming and supporting communities of practice, and developing online, print, and video training materials. The Center works individually with states on issues related to data systems including providing intensive TA to states.
- Leadership and coordination: The DaSy Center coordinates regularly with other national projects and organizations about early childhood data systems.
In addition, the Center has a strong cadre of expert consultants who can be called upon to support Center activities. These experts bring deep knowledge and extensive experience about Part C and Part B preschool programs, policies and regulations, personnel, and state early childhood service and data systems.
For more information visit the project’s website at http://dasycenter.org/.