Creating Early Childhood Intervention Data Standards

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Supporting children in the earliest years is critical to their long-term development.  Sometimes this means providing early intervention services to children who need additional support to get and stay on track.  But what happens after a child is referred for early intervention services by a child care provider or other caring adult?  Too often, we simply don’t know because information isn’t shared across systems.

This project, Creating Early Childhood Intervention Data Standards, is a step toward improving that situation by creating a common language for early intervention data as well as training and tools for using that common language. Our long-term goal is for all adults who are supporting children, as professionals or parents, to have the information they need to continue providing the specific support children need.

The resources listed below are free to use. This page will be updated as additional resources become available.

Data-Sharing Documents

The data-sharing documents were developed with support from the law firm Von Briesen and Roper, LLC. These documents follow applicable state laws related to early childhood and data-sharing, including rules/regulations set by the Department of Children and Families.

Sections highlighted in yellow should be updated and edited with the appropriate information, including names, dates, and data that will be shared.

This form can be used to get parent consent for data to be shared with other early childhood partners.

This agreement should be used in situations where one partner is sharing data with another partner but is not receiving data back from the receiving organization.

This agreement should be used when two partners wish to share data between both organizations.

Early Childhood Intervention Data Standards

A data standard creates a common language between different data collection systems.  Think of a flashlight that needs two AA batteries to work. When the batteries need to be replaced, you can use any brand you like because batteries are made to a standard and any brand of AA battery will work.

The early childhood intervention data standard is designed to be a background document used to link data systems together. This project created a common language around early childhood data interventions that everyone can use, regardless of how the information is stored.

This document serves as a background tool related to data-sharing in the early childhood sector as to what variables could be included in an integrated data system.

Training tools

While many providers currently keep paper records of children in their care, many are interested in having an electronic system. The child care student record template can be used by providers to begin electronically storing records of their students. Please review the directions tab before using.

Survey and Focus Group Results

To gather the information needed to create the data-sharing documents, training tools, and intervention data standard, multiple methods were used to engage key stakeholders to help develop this information. A random sample of child care providers were asked to complete a brief survey about early childhood data interventions in February 2021. We learned that about half of respondents were collecting data around early childhood interventions, with paper being the most common method used to record this information. Feel free to download the one-page infographic and summary report below to learn more!

Creating Early Childhood Data Standards




Focus groups were conducted with parents and providers between April and July 2021, and both groups stated that sharing data and information across sectors would be useful. Download the summary report below to learn more!



Creating Early Childhood Intervention Data Standards was funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment via the Research in Early childhood Development by Improving Resiliency and EQuiTy (REDIRECT) project.

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