39th Annual NAPIPM Educational Conference
August 5 - 8, 2019
Sheraton Memphis Downtown | Memphis, TN
Measuring the Gap: Improving Child Care Policy through Data and Engagement
Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Breakout
In Arlington County, Virginia, 71% of families with children under the age of 5 have all parents in the home employed. But child care slots are only available for 55% of the County's children aged 0-5. Using a two-year action plan that incorporated strong leadership from elected officials, cross-departmental collaboration, and extensive data-driven community engagement, Arlington has developed a new regulatory framework and program supports that will increase child care accessibility, availability, and quality. In this workshop, we will present a step-by-step process for using data to improve community outcomes for families and children, with examples of the successes and challenges that may be encountered along the way. This workshop is intended for human services leaders who seek to develop data-informed programs and policies. The workshop will present the evolution of the child care initiative, from idea to data to action plan and implementation. Throughout the workshop, we will highlight instances in which data influenced key decision points. Participants will benefit from lessons learned during our experience. Participants will gain a concrete understanding of approaches to using a wide array of data types, including public datasets and locally-created sources. We will present the pros and cons of various strategies for engaging diverse community stakeholders, and participants will learn to navigate the complexity of synthesizing competing priorities to achieve a solution that meets community needs. Attendees will receive templates and checklists to begin identifying relevant stakeholders and datasets to utilize in addressing challenges in their own communities.