Cradle-to-Career Data System Reaches Major Milestone

Published On: November 3, 2023

Gov. Newsom announced a significant advancement in California’s Cradle-to-Career Data System (C2C), marking a transformative phase in education and workforce development. In October 2023, C2C received its inaugural data installment, integrating over 1 billion validated data points at the state level. This integration offers unprecedented insight for the public, researchers, and lawmakers, aiming to enhance education and Californians’ quality of life.

Newsom highlighted C2C’s potential as a “game-changer” for improving life quality and opportunities in education and workforce access. By linking datasets from K-12, higher education, social services, and workforce entities, C2C will provide detailed insights on educational and career outcomes, workforce trends, and more. The data, disaggregated by race, gender, ability, and geography, aims to highlight strengths, growth needs, and inequities.

Mary Ann Bates
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“This milestone represents a significant step forward in our mission to establish a robust, comprehensive data system that provides a nuanced understanding of Californians’ educational and professional journeys,” said Mary Ann Bates, Executive Director of the California Cradle-to-Career Data System, in a press release.

C2C’s early success follows a multiyear effort to create the nation’s most ambitious state longitudinal data system, backed by Newsom and supported by a coalition of legislators, advocates, researchers, educators, and community leaders.

The initial data transmission involved contributions from several state entities, including the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, California Department of Education, and University of California Office of the President, among others.

C2C’s comprehensive 5-year plan includes integrating data from early learning, independent and private universities, workforce development, and social services, mapping Californians’ journeys from cradle to career.





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