CT Open Data Guide: Childhood and Education

DataHaven Resources

Some of our most popular resources for childhood and education data include:

  1. DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey - survey of over 16,000 randomly-selected adults throughout CT; questions related to community resources for children provide local-level data about Connecticut communities that are not available from any other source.

  2. Greater New Haven Community Index - and other reports in the Reports section of the DataHaven website.

  3. DataHaven Community and Neighborhood Profiles - by area, town and neighborhood. We are currently updating this resource; please contact us if you can't find the profile you need.

Some of our favorite outside sources of childhood and education data

  1. EdSight, at http://edsight.ct.gov/SASPortal/main.do, is the data portal of the Connecticut State Department of Education. The most recent  measures of public school and student performance are displayed by category on the main page. Additional, some with more detail, can also be found on the Portals & Publications page. Summaries of  college enrollment/graduation of public high school students are also published. These are some of the pages we find most useful, but the portal has additional resources that you can explore. For Profile and Performance Reports, previously known as "Strategic School Profiles," go to EdSight, click "Overview," select "Profile and Performance Reports," select a district and select "All Schools" to obtain PDF reports for individual schools across a district.

  2. Test results from the most recent state assessment, the 2015 SBAC, are downloadable from the Connecticut State Department of Education: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2758&q=334898.  Under the "Smarter Balanced Assessments" subheader, click on the link "State/District/School Participation and Achievement Rates 2014-15" (direct link to XLS file).

  3. Test results from former state assessments, the CMT and the CAPT, are available online. Create your own score report based on your data needs, or browse Connecticut-wide reports.

  4. The 2-1-1 Childcare website displays publications and reports, at http://www.211childcare.org/reports/. Child care availability is summarized by town and region. Based on surveys of child care providers, the data estimate capacity and enrollment at providers. Be cautious when using, since data are subject to unreported margins of error.

  5. CT.gov eLicensing, at https://www.elicense.ct.gov/, is an online database of all licenses held by individuals or businesses in Connecticut. Users can generate a roster for all registered family home child care providers, by town. To do so, click “Generate Roster(s)” from left sidebar -> “Child Day Care Licensing Program” -> “Family Day Care Homes Total by Date (Active) (No Fee Required).” Licensing data are also available for many other categories of businesses or occupations.

  6. The New Haven Early Childhood Council displays information on preschool enrollment and accessibility by New Haven neighborhood in this brief or on this map.

  7. Kids Count, at http://datacenter.kidscount.org/, is a data tool of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It maintains an extensive list of indicators related to demographic, economic, education, health, and community well-being of children. Users can also download publications on various topics related to childhood.

  8. Connecticut Voices for Children publishes many reports on early childcare, education, and child wellbeing, at http://www.ctvoices.org/publications. Use the filters to browse reports by issue area, contributor, or publication date.

  9. American FactFinder, at http://factfinder.census.gov/, is an online portal to selected U.S. Census Bureau data sets, including those on school enrollment by age, educational attainment, private school enrollment, and other education topics. Please contact DataHaven if you have trouble finding what you need on this expansive site.

  10. "Troubled Schools on Trial," at https://ctmirror.org/2016/12/07/troubled-schools-on-trial-when-poverty-p..., is an extensive and in-depth 7-part series by Connecticut Mirror that looks at various issues facing the funding of public education in Connecticut. The series features charts and data tables.

View additional data sources on childhood and education, including maps and links to external sources, on our Data Resources page. Or contact us to suggest other sources we should feature.