The DaSy Center is a national technical assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). DaSy works with states to support IDEA early intervention and early childhood special education state programs in the development or enhancement of coordinated early childhood longitudinal data systems.
DaSy provides technical assistance (TA) and resources to state agencies to assist with the development or enhancement of data systems for Part C early intervention and Part B preschool special education programs supported through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The DaSy Center collaborates with other projects to leverage what is known and generate new ideas and products to help state agencies create and expand early childhood cross-agency and longitudinal data systems that include the Part C and Part B preschool data needed to collect, analyze, and report high-quality data required under IDEA.
- Increase the number of states that have an early childhood data system with data from Part C and Part B preschool state programs that meets recommended data system capabilities and elements.
- Increase the number of states with data system interoperability plans that allow for the linking of Part C and Part B preschool statewide data systems to other statewide longitudinal and early learning data systems, and that comply with all applicable privacy laws.
- Increase the number of states that use integrated early childhood and longitudinal data systems to improve their capacity to collect, analyze, and report high-quality data required under IDEA.
- Generate new knowledge and useful products for Part C and Part B preschool state agencies to use in the development and enhancement of state integrated early childhood data systems with linkages to the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS).
- Design and implement a continuum of TA services for state Part C and Part B preschool staff and other staff, employing strategies that are evidence-based, useful, and cost-effective.
- Provide national leadership and coordination around Part C and Part B preschool data systems and their inclusion in integrated early childhood and longitudinal state efforts to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of national and state resources.