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About the Data Center

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Early Learning Indiana’s Data Center has been created to give early childhood and out-of-school time partners on-demand, real-time access to state, county and regional data.

The importance of early learning and providing children with high-quality programs is a top priority across Indiana. Having current, accurate information about the need for quality care and early learning is the goal of this site.  

These tools are produced using ELI databases hosted and maintained by the Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC) at Indiana University. The data are from the ELI data and from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (5-year estimates). The ELI data is maintained through a partnership with the Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning (OECOSL) and from regular updates provided by programs. The ELI data is updated on this site on an on-going basis.

For questions or more information on the Data Center, email datahelp@earlylearningindiana.org.

The current site includes a statewide set of dashboard indicators plus profiles at the county, regional and state levels that provide more than 50 metrics.  We will be enhancing this site so be sure to return often!

About the Profiles

The Profiles section of the Data Center includes state, county and regional data across three areas: Children & Families, Accessibility and Affordability.

General Profile Definitions

Age Group Categories:

  1. Infant – 0-12 months 
  2. Toddler – 13-35 months
  3. Preschool – 3-5 years 
  4. School Age – 6-17 years
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High-Quality program: Paths to QUALITY™ Level 3 or 4 program, On My Way Pre-K program, OR Nationally Accredited program.

Types of Care:

  1. Centers – Early Care and Learning Programs operating within a non-residential structure, typically a center-based program
  2. Homes – Early Care and Learning Programs operating in a residential structure
  3. Ministries – Early Care and Learning Programs operated by a church or religious organization
  4. School Age – Out-of-school Time (OST) Programs providing care for school-age children, before or after school,  or during breaks/holidays/summers
  5. Head Start – Early Care and Learning Programs that receive Head Start or Early Head Start funding

Children & Families

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How many young children in the area need care?
Child Population: Population of children by age group and by single age. 
Children Who Need Care: Number of children by age group with all parents in the labor force (estimated at 65%)
Children at 185% FPL: Number of children by age group considered low-income based on being below 185% federal poverty level (FLP).

Source: U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (5-year estimates)

How many children are below the Federal Poverty Level?
Percentage of child population at federal poverty levels (FLP).

Source: U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (5-year estimates)

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Children by race
Percentage of child population by race.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (5-year estimates)

Children by ethnicity
Percentage of child population by ethnicity.

Languages
Languages spoken by the percentage of population.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (5-year estimates)

Accessibility

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How many programs are available?
Number of known programs and capacity: Count of programs by Type of Care that are regulated or unregulated, and known to be actively caring for children; total capacity (spaces) that these programs report serving.
Number of regulated programs and capacity: Count of programs by Type of Care that are licensed, registered ministries, and exempt CCDF-certified; total capacity (spaces) that these programs report serving.
Number of programs in Paths to QUALITY™ and capacity: Count of programs by Type of Care enrolled in Paths to QUALITY™ ; total capacity (spaces) that these programs report serving.
Number of “High Quality” programs: Count of programs by Type of Care that are Paths to QUALITY™ Level 3 or 4, On My Way Pre-K, OR Nationally Accredited; total capacity (spaces) that these programs report serving.

Source: Early Learning Indiana, National Data System for Child Care (NDS)

How many children are enrolled in high quality programs?

Enrollment in known programs: regulated or unregulated, and known to be actively caring for children. Percentage of children enrolled in high-quality programs based on the current child population with all parents in the labor force (APLF) compared to the enrollment in high-quality care.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (5-year estimates); Early Learning Indiana, National Data System for Child Care (NDS)

Total number of children by age group that providers report as being enrolled:
Enrollment in known programs: regulated or unregulated, and known to be actively caring for children.
Enrollment in regulated programs: licensed, registered ministries, and exempt CCDF-certified providers.
Enrollment in Paths to QUALITY™ programs: participating Paths to QUALITY™ providers.
Enrollment in high-quality programs: Paths to QUALITY™ Level 3 and 4, On My Way Pre-K, and Nationally Accredited providers.

Source: Early Learning Indiana, National Data System for Child Care (NDS)

Affordability

Age Groups Categories:

  1. Infant / Toddler – 0 - 35 months
  2. Preschool – 3-5 years 
  3. School Age – 6-13 years

Table includes the average cost of care by Type of Care, based on programs providing full-time care.

Source: Early Learning Indiana, National Data System for Child Care (NDS)

Medium Family Income
Median income for families with children ages 0-13.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (5-year estimates)

Annual Cost of High-Quality Care
Average cost of high-quality care based on all Types of care; high-quality includes Paths to QUALITY™ Level 3 and 4, On My Way Pre-K, and Nationally Accredited providers.

Source: Early Learning Indiana, National Data System for Child Care (NDS)

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CCDF Voucher Usage
Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Voucher usage by families. Based on current children utilizing CCDF, the percentage are enrolled in high-quality programs; the  percentage enrolled in Paths to QUALITY; and the percentage not enrolled in Paths to QUALITY.

Source: Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Time Learning (OECOSL), Child Care Information System database. Updated monthly based on OECOSL reporting.


About the Dashboard

The Dashboard provides easy to use comparison tables and maps, which display several key indicators from the Profiles.