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What is CACDS?

Georgia’s Cross Agency Child Data System (CACDS) aligns critical data from programs and services for children (up to five years old) and their families. CACDS uses the data to identify service gaps and create opportunities for analysis and research. CACDS also provides an integrated approach to demonstrate how Georgia is meeting the needs of its youngest learners!

Our Mission

Create a high quality, comprehensive, integrated early childhood data system for Georgia to inform policies and practices that produce better outcomes for children and families.

Children Served

By Race

By Income Level

Children with Disabilities

Children Served by Year

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Community Data Explorer

Over 48,000 children participated in at least one Georgia Early Childhood Program by their first birthday in fiscal year 2018.

What Can I Do with CACDS?

See trends of enrollment and participation, demographical breakdowns of those served by Georgia's programs, and also who is not yet being served by Georgia's programs.

See where we're going...

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Babies Can't Wait served an additional 992 children in fiscal year 2017-18 compared to fiscal year 2016-7.

Our History


  • The State Advisory Council provided a grant for the project’s initial funding
  • Georgia named its system Georgia's Cross Agency Child Data System (CACDS) . The term early childhood integrated data system (ECIDS), as many such state systems are currently known, had not yet come to national prominence
  • CACDS was designed to serve as a single, accessible repository of early childhood data from numerous state agencies serving children and families, including:
    • Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL)
    • Department of Education
    • Department of Public Health
    • Division of Family and Children Services
    • Georgia Head Start Association
  • The system would allow statistics from multiple programs to be matched and combined with other data sources to create compilations and reports to inform leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders involved in making decisions, improving programs, and creating policies for children and families.


  • DECAL received a five-year, $51.7 million Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services
  • The grant focused on encouragement of innovative structural development of early care initiatives at the state level
  • DECAL used the RTT-ELC funds to advance its work on the integrated child data system at a time when one of DECAL’s priorities was updating the data-sharing agreements with participating agencies
  • The grant provided funding for CACDS infrastructure development to allow data linkage across state agencies
  • DECAL also formed an Executive Committee composed of representatives from the participating agencies and began drafting the CACDS Policy Manual, which outlined the system’s goals, contents, governance and administrative structure, and access and use rules


  • DECAL created a public website that includes standard and customizable templates for downloading aggregate-level data reports
  • Georgia won a grant from ECDataWorks at the University of Pennsylvania, funded by the Kellogg Foundation
  • The grant funded work to design a data visualization tool to improve the delivery and use of the state’s early childhood data
  • These tools are now hosted on the Get Georgia Reading Campaign website at