ECLDS Newsletter: Explore a new year of data and the new resources available to you

Minnesota Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System
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New School Year of Data
Available on ECLDS

If it has been a few months since you last visited the ECLDS website, here is a good reason to quickly jump to the site: a new year of data! Find out what the latest year of data uploaded to the ECLDS tells you about Minnesota children and, specifically, children in your community.  

By browsing our reports, you can access and view data for the 2018-2019 school year, all the way back to the 2013-2014 school year, for a total of six years of data. 

Take a closer look at what the data tell you about Minnesota's young children and their families in your district, county, or region. Our reports can help you learn about the children participating in early care and education programs and inform possible strategies to support their development.

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Go deeper into the data by filtering your search options by school county, school year, disability type, home language, child's gender, and birth record criteria, among others.

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Longitudinal Census Data about
the U.S.'s Youngest Kids

The ECLDS now includes American Community Survey (ACS) estimates from 2006-10 and 2011-15 for a more longitudinal look at your county’s youngest kids and their families. Minnesota purchased, with federal SLDS funding, customized tables from the United States Census Bureau’s ACS that offer users more focused data for children under age 6. ECLDS is the exclusive online source for these more detailed Census data tables, split into smaller age bands (0-1 yrs, 2-3 yrs, and 4-5 yrs) for all states, as well as Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.

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REL's COVID-19 Response Resources

The 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) have collaborated to provide evidence-based resources and guidance about teaching and learning in a remote environment, grouped by subject/audience, including early childhood. Browse their full list of resources on the REL COVID-19 webpage.

Featured Resources

Supporting Young Children’s Learning and Well-Being at Home: A COVID-19 Resource for Teachers, Parents, and Caregivers
June 29, 2020 | Infographic | REL Southwest
Audience: teachers, families, caregivers

Tips from a teacher: Supporting early childhood literacy skills in the time of COVID-19
June 25, 2020 | Blog | REL Midwest
Audience: families, caregivers

Supporting Your Child’s Reading at Home: Third Grade
June 23, 2020 | Videos and activities | REL Southeast
Audience: families, caregivers

Supporting Your Child’s Reading at Home: Second Grade
May 26, 2020 | Videos and activities | REL Southeast
Audience: families, caregivers

Teaching Math to Young Children for Families and Caregivers
May 20, 2020 | Videos and activities | REL Central, REL Appalachia, and REL Northwest
Audience: families, caregivers

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Data Use Toolkit for Your Program’s Strategic Planning and Problem-Solving

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The Minnesota ECLDS team has published a resulting toolkit of the three-year pilot project Minnesota Growing Evaluability Together (GrEaT) that ended in 2019. The GrEaT pilot focused on building the evaluation capacity and data use of a handful of local early childhood programs in Minnesota.

The GrEaT toolkit is a resource for early childhood program teams seeking to establish procedures for ongoing evaluation and problem-solving.

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We Have Expanded Our
Regional Coaching Network!

The Minnesota P-20W has extended the regional coaching network to better serve ECLDS and SLEDS users. The network works closely with data users to address the technical issues that may arise when accessing, using, and applying data shown on both data systems.

If you are new to ECLDS or would like assistance with data analytics, contact a regional data coach close to you.

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