This free webinar, presented on April 17, 2014, examines research-based best practices for developing state early childhood data systems as well as lessons learned from the field.

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Bri Martin
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Webinar Overview

Statewide early childhood data systems can provide valuable information for policymakers and practitioners, as well as families and caregivers. This interactive webinar examines the current status of early childhood data systems development in states across the country and provides practical recommendations for developing such systems.

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  • Carlise King, executive director of the Early Childhood Data Collaborative, presents an overview of the states’ current status in developing early childhood data systems and share what her organization has learned about these systems.
  • Elliot Regenstein, senior vice president for advocacy and policy at the Ounce of Prevention Fund, discusses how Illinois has kept stakeholders engaged through the process of developing a unified early childhood data system.
  • Tonya Williams, director of the Child Care and Early Childhood Education Division at the Arkansas Department of Human Services, details the development of the Arkansas early childhood data system from the perspective of a state that did not receive a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant.


  • Knowledge of how early childhood data systems can effectively and efficiently inform policy and practice and guide parents/caregivers
  • Familiarity with the Early Childhood Data Collaborative's 10 early childhood education fundamentals for early childhood data systems
  • Knowledge of how different states are addressing the challenges of developing such systems
  • Practical recommendations for planning and developing an early childhood data system


Carlise King

Carlise King
Executive Director, Early Childhood Data Collaborative
Child Trends, Inc.
Bethesda, MD

Carlise King is the executive director for the Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC), a partnership of national organizations working to support state policymakers in the development and use of coordinated state early care and education data systems. The ECDC conducts a national survey of states’ early care and education data systems to inform policy consultation to states and strategic communications that promote the development, implementation, and use of early childhood data systems. Ms. King has more than 13 years of experience conducting research on early childhood issues and examining the impact of state and federal policies on parents' access to childcare services, licensed childcare supply, childcare costs, and the childcare workforce. Ms. King holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from University of California at Berkeley and a master of arts in social psychology from San Francisco State University.

Elliot Regenstein

Elliot M. Regenstein, J.D.
Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Policy
The Ounce of Prevention Fund
Chicago, IL

Elliot M. Regenstein leads the Ounce of Prevention Fund's national policy consultation practice and coordinates its overall state and national policy efforts. He has extensive experience in working directly with states on policy development and is a frequent speaker and author on topics such as governance, data systems, and linkages between early learning and K–12. He also partners with the First Five Years Fund to support policy change at the federal level. Mr. Regenstein was one of the chief architects of Illinois's 2006 Preschool for All program while serving in the governor's office as director of education reform. He also co-chaired the Illinois Early Learning Council from 2004 until April 2009 and currently serves as a member of the Council's Executive Committee, co-chairing its Data, Research and Evaluation Committee. Mr. Regenstein holds a bachelor of arts in history from Columbia University and a law degree from the University of Michigan. After law school, he served as a clerk to the Hon. Kenneth F. Ripple on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Tonya Williams

Tonya Williams
Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education
Little Rock, AR

Tonya Williams is the director of the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education at the Arkansas Department of Human Services. The Division is responsible for administering the following programs: childcare licensing, federal childcare block grant, Special Nutrition programs from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Arkansas Better Chance (state preK) program as well as providing training and technical assistance opportunities to early childhood professionals to support quality in early childhood education. From 2001 to 2004, Ms. Williams served as Head Start director for the Community Action Program for Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences campus. Prior to that, she served as the first Head Start collaboration director for Arkansas. Additionally, she has served as a coordinator for a local Even Start Family Literacy project and for the Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters at Child Development Inc. Ms. Williams received a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech University and has served in a variety of early childhood roles at both the national, regional, state, and local levels.

Related Resources

The following report provides the research basis for the presentations:

The following publications provide additional support for the presentations: