Tool Kit

Telling The Story

Sample data visualizations that help tell a story using data gathered from public websites and Virginia Smart Beginnings to illustrate how effective data visualization can be in the early childhood arena.

Understanding Data

Data dictionaries for common public data sets and other types of meta-data (data on data). Sample early childhood data inventory template.


Tutorials on using data and data websites. Fiscal mapping webinars . Virginia Quality – Virginia’s Continuous Quality Improvement System: Data Webinar.


Early childhood and related online public data sources and data mapping tools compiled for easy access. Find out how to access each and how the data can be used.

Other Resources

OPRE/Child Trends Child Care & Early Education Policy & Research Analysis report series on using state early care and education administrative data.