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Brighter Futures Indiana Data Center

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The Brighter Futures Indiana Data Center offers data related to population, economics, supply and demand. These data points are relevant to many aspects of early childhood education. Whether you are a family trying to learn more about care options in your area, a provider looking to open a new business, or a community member that supports the local early childhood education market in your area – the data center is a tool for you.

Explore the links below to learn more about Hoosier families and their child care options.

Additional Resources

If you are interested in additional data indicators or visualizations that you don’t see here, check out some of our favorite trusted resources below. As you navigate to other sites and explore different data centers, remember that not all websites use the same sources, time frames, or data definitions in their reports. To be a good consumer of data, read the details carefully and reach out to the resource provider for clarification if you have questions.

Indiana Specific Resources

Brighter Futures Indiana – Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship Dashboard
This dashboard is based on self-reported enrollment data by all CCDF-eligible child care programs receiving Build, Learn, Grow scholarships. The data represents enrollment for these providers from spring 2021 to spring 2022. Community leaders and stakeholders can use the data to support local community planning and child care relief and recovery efforts.

Early Learning Indiana - Closing the Gap
As a premier resource on access, Closing the Gap features the Early Learning Access Index, which attempts to qualify and quantify child care access throughout Indiana. The tool offers a unique and more robust assessment of Hoosier families’ ability to access early learning opportunities that suit their needs. Interactive maps, county profiles, and complete reports are available.

Early Learning Advisory Committee (ELAC) – Reports and Dashboards
ELAC was established in 2013 by the Indiana General Assembly (IC 12-17.2-3.7). Committee membership is appointed by the Governor and includes representation from the FSSA Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning (formerly The Bureau of Child Care), the Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Head Start State Collaboration Office, an early childhood education program, business sector, and faith-based community.

Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) – Data Center and Reports
INview is the IDOE’s new public website for parents. This site provides information about the performance and progress of Indiana schools. Families can find schools near them by entering an: address, city, or zip code; or by selecting a corporation/school by name.

Indiana Afterschool Network – Research and Data
This resource features a collection of reports regarding various of afterschool topics such as 21st Century Community Learning Centers evaluation, OST salaries, demand for afterschool care and links to other sources (e.g., IYI).

Indiana Youth Institute – County Snapshots
Used by local leaders to make decisions, nonprofits when writing grants, and policymakers as they decide how to use public dollars, these county profiles make it easy for you to track child well-being within local communities.

Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation – Community Data Snapshot
This report uses data from Marion County to measure community well-being across core focus areas. Wherever possible, the data have been disaggregated by age, gender, income, race and ethnicity.

STATS Indiana – Child Care Topic
STATS Indiana provides easy, one-stop access to critical statistics for states, counties, cities and towns, townships, regions, census tracts and more.


National Resources

Annie E. Casey Foundation – Kids Count Data Center
KIDS COUNT® (LA INFANCIA CUENTA™) collects and reports credible data that is featured on the KIDS COUNT Data Center. With these data, state organizations provide policy analysis based on evidence and shine a spotlight on pressing issues to improve programs and policies for children and families.

Bipartisan Policy Center – Child Care Gaps Assessment
Using data from 2019, this interactive map quantifies the supply of, potential need for, and gaps in child care in 35 states.

Census Bureau
Data.census.gov is the new platform to access data and digital content from the U.S. Census Bureau. Demographic data about the U.S. population is accessible at the state, county, and sub-county levels.

Child Care Aware of America – State Fact Sheets
These fact sheets include information on the number of child care seats compared to the number of children under age 5; the affordability of child care by type of care and age of child(ren); and the change in the supply of child care programs before and during COVID-19.

Child Care Technical Assistance Network – Data Explorer & State Profiles
Housed under the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, this resource contains statewide data related to subsidy participation.

National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) – Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health
This resource provides rich data on multiple, intersecting aspects of children’s lives—including physical and mental health, access to quality health care, and the child’s family, neighborhood, school and social context.

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