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Cradle-to-Career (C2C) P-20 Data System

This page provides information about the California Cradle-to-Career (C2C) Data System that will connect P-20 data from child care, early education, K-12 education, financial aid, higher education, workforce, and health and human services.

The 2019-2020 State Budget External link opens in new window or tab. provides $10 million in one-time funding to plan for and develop a longitudinal data system, also known as the Cradle-to-Career (C2C) Data System. This initiative seeks to connect data from early education providers, K–12 schools, higher education institutions, employers, other workforce entities, and health and human services agencies. Three representatives from the California Department of Education (CDE) with expertise in early learning activities and educational data reporting will serve on the C2C Workgroup.

The CDE will provide support of the C2C Workgroup efforts through existing work in the following areas:

Data Requests
The CDE enters into data sharing agreements with public and private institutions of higher education as well as non-profit researchers for student-level data consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) External link opens in new window or tab. Specifically, since the spring of 2015 through 2018, the CDE has fulfilled 108 data requests from 91 unique entities, including 11 requests for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data. A summary of the requests submitted through the CDE Data Request process are available on the Archived Data Requests tab.  

Early Education
The CDE helps manage several child care and development programs in California. These programs are for children from birth to age twelve. They offer early learning and after-school services to babies, toddlers, children in preschool, and children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Some programs assist children with disabilities and children of migrant farm workers. Many of the programs were set up to help parents with child care while they work.

California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System
The California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CDE) operated by the CDE maintains individual-level data including student demographics, course data, discipline, assessments, staff assignments, and other data for state and federal reporting.

Questions:   Analysis, Measurement, and Accountability Reporting Division | 916-319-8069
Last Reviewed: Monday, February 3, 2020