STEP Forward with Data Framework

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The System Transformation for Equitable Preschools (STEP Forward with Data) Framework, developed by the Early Childhood Data Collaborative at Child Trends, is designed to help preschool system leaders use data to promote greater equity at every step of the preschool system. In using this Framework, leaders will better understand the experiences of children, families, or workforce members within their systems to begin identifying potential inequities and examine root causes that could be addressed. The Framework organizes 20 essential questions into six preschool steps. The steps align with points at which a child, family, or workforce member may face inequities and at which a preschool system leader could make actionable changes to improve quality and access to equitable preschool experiences.