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50-State Databases on the Internet

BUILD Initiative QRIS Compendium

The BUILD Initiative, the Early Learning Challenge Collaborative, and Child Trends have developed the QRIS Compendium, a comprehensive resource for administrators, policy makers, researchers, technical assistance providers and others for information about all of the QRIS operating in the US and its territories.

Features of the 2014 QRIS Compendium:

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) 50-State and Community Policy Database

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has developed a 50-state policy database featuring fact sheets, publications, and other resources on each state, as well as 20 local communities. Resources focus on five core issues: Child Care and Early Education, Child Welfare, Poverty & Opportunity, Temporary Assistance, and Youth.

Cornell Linking Economic Development and Child Care 50-State Database

Cornell University created this database to provide an overview of all current, national sources of comparative data on the early care and education sector including: child care economic data, demographic data, and early care and education program (policy) data.

Children's Defense Fund State Fact Sheets on Early Childhood Development

Children's Defense Fund has created a series of state fact sheets on early childhood development that highlight the current structure of early childhood care in each state.

Education Commission of the States

The Education Commission of the States (ECS) is an interstate compact created in 1965 to improve public education by facilitating the exchange of information, ideas and experiences among state policymakers and education leaders.


KIDS COUNT offers several interactive online databases that allow visitors to create free, customized data reports. The report choices vary by system, but include the ability to generate custom profiles, line graphs, maps, and rankings, and download raw data.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

  1. Common Core of Data

    The Common Core of Data (CCD) is made up of a set of five surveys sent to state education departments. Statistical information is collected annually from public elementary and secondary schools (approximately 94,000) public school districts (approximately 17,000) and the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Schools, and the outlying areas.

  2. Elementary/Secondary Information System

    The Elementary/Secondary Information System (ElSi) is an NCES web application that allows users to quickly view public and private school data and create custom tables and charts using data from the Common Core of Data and Private School Survey.

  3. State Profiles

    NCES State Profiles allow easy access to statewide information in elementary/secondary education characteristics and finance, postsecondary education, and selected demographics for all states in the U.S.

National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER)

NIEER's State Preschool Yearbook is an annual publication which has tracked the funding, access, and policies of state-funded preschool programs since the 2001-2002 school year.

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Program

This website provides public access to the most recent data about children with disabilities served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These data are collected annually by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs in accordance with Section 619 of IDEA. They are provided in the form of tables produced for the Annual Reports to Congress.

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC): Section 619 Profile

NECTAC has collected state data on special education programs for over a decade. Data from the twelfth edition of the Section 619 Profile (2003) supplements data available through