Accountability Systems

Accountability for outcomes for children, families, and program effectiveness across the policy areas can inform good policy decisions, effective and efficient resource allocation, effective instruction/services, and continuous quality improvement.

Policy Choices

  • Evaluate the quality of learning environments, educator/child interaction, and teaching strategies by collecting early childhood data that can be analyzed at the level of children, programs and the workforce  
  • Clear indicators of child, family and program effectiveness that includes health, family support, and learning objectives  
  • Longitudinal, linked data systems between programs and state agencies that can be disaggregated by risk factors to inform strategies for improving program quality and child outcomes 
  • Early warning systems to identify problems such as chronic absence and allow for timely intervention
  • Professional development for data users (parents, teachers, administrators) to support the correct interpretation and use of data


Facts about Accountability

Statewide longitudinal early childhood data systems that are linked to the K-12 data systems can provide information about workforce and program quality of programs that serve children and progress from early care and education settings into elementary school.[i]
Accountability systems help define important benchmarks and outcomes for programs, children and families, and measure progress towards identified goals.


[i] Early Childhood Data Collaborative. (2010). Building and using coordinated state early care and education data systems: A framework for state policymakers.