States have many early childhood programs, services and data systems. Systems that bring together these multiple data sources
through collection, integration, maintenance, storage, and reporting are called Early Childhood Integrated Data System (ECIDS, pronounced E-Kids).
Integrated data systems have become increasingly important as states look to better understand how to best support young children
and their families to yield lifelong success in the areas of health, well-being, learning, relationships and employment. Utah is no exception.
The mission of the Utah's ECIDS is to better coordinate policy, programming, and funding among all participating programs in Utah through data-driven decision making. To accomplish this aim, the Utah ECIDS works with early childhood programs across Utah to secure data use agreements and to align and strengthen data systems in order to integrate early childhood services data. Once the data is integrated, it's easier to study and understand.
The goals of ECIDS are:
- provide data that is timely, relevant, accessible, and easy to use in order to answer key policy questions regarding early childhood programs and services;
- promote data-driven decision making related to funding, programming and policy;