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AEM has invested in building a world-class hub of early childhood expertise.

We offer a full spectrum of early childhood technical assistance, data management, information technology, and research and evaluation services, which are backed in turn by a team of accomplished practitioners, university faculty, and researchers. We support early childhood initiatives at the local, state, and national levels.

We specialize in creating innovations that support comprehensive and integrated systems for delivery of programs and services for children and families. As just one of the many capabilities within AEM Education Services, we are able to draw on existing K-20 education partnerships for support, such as Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS), including Early Childhood Integrated Data Systems (ECIDS); Common Education Data Standards (CEDS); and the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).

We focus on collaborative efforts such as DaSy with SRI International, Regional Comprehensive Centers with ICF and Westat, and military child care research with leading subject matter experts.

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Part C and Part B 619 data managers have an obligation to step outside of their traditional work roles and duties. Their roles are changing: while primarily focusing on data collection and reporting, they must also build relationships to collect and use high-quality data as evidence to improve early childhood outcomes and ultimately ensure school readiness.

Lessons from the US Military Child Care System

AEM Corporation, with funding from the Kelley Family Foundation and the Heising-Simons Foundation, has modified Department of Defense Military Child Development Program materials that can be shared with policymakers at the federal, state, territory, municipality, and tribal levels to strengthen child care systems. The adapted materials and lessons learned are divided into six components: Strategies and Policies, Financing, Facilities, Leadership and Workforce, Program Operations, and Programs and Delivery.

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SLDS Early Childhood Integrated Data System Guide

Coordinated by AEM experts, this guide offers practical suggestions and resources for each step in the overall process of integrating data across early childhood and connecting the data to a P-20W+ SLDS.

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