GPG is excited to announce the launch of the California Early Care and Education (ECE) Network Maps, two interactive maps that show the organizations and collaboratives working to affect ECE policy at the state level in California.
We developed these maps to serve as a tool for organizations and collaboratives working to impact state ECE policy in California. We hope this tool will help organizations to share their work and to strengthen connections to other organizations and collaboratives. In this way, the maps can support the field’s ability to secure necessary policy changes and investments to develop a more robust early care and education system for California’s young children.
The two maps are a product of an extensive year-long process, which included discovery, research, and mapping phases. During the discovery phase, we conducted interviews with stakeholders in the field to identify needs and challenges these maps could help address. In the research phase, we used discovery results to define map parameters (including which organizations and collaboratives would be included) and develop a taxonomy for ECE organizations and collaboratives. This allowed us to structure data collection and further specify what information the maps would show. The research phase also included research and data collection from publicly available information to gather and compile information for the maps. Finally, we created the maps and a series of tutorials and support materials to help people use and navigate the maps. Each map has multiple views that display the information in different ways and allow the user to explore connections across a range of attributes.
We hope that these maps will contribute to the collective ability of the field to secure necessary policy changes and investments to strengthen California’s ECE system. Learn more about what information the maps contain and how to use them.
Funding for the development of these maps came from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. If you have questions or additional feedback on the maps, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.