Needs Assessments

Needs assessments use a variety of data collection and analysis techniques to fully understand needs, resources, access to services, and costs within a community or target popualtion. Brodsky Research has extensive experience conducting Needs Assessments for Head Start programs, communities considering expanding early childhood services, and organizations wishing to effectively target resources where they are needed most.

Components of a needs assessment may include the following:

  • Mapping where child care providers and other services exist within a community
  • Determining the current and desired quality of existing services
  • Surveying parents to determine what services they have most need for and what barriers to access exist
  • Modeling to determine the cost to deliver high-quality services to a specific population 
  • Interviews and surveys with providers and community representatives
  • Collection and analysis of complex administrative data, such as census data, child care licensing databases, and health outcome data

For more information, please see our Needs Assessment brochure.

 

Project Examples

Toledo Pre-K Evaluation

Toledo, Ohio is engaged in a multi-year process to provide high-quality preschool to all children in Toledo. Brodsky Research is assisting with the evaluation and data component of the project. Andrew Brodsky has been involved in this process since late 2018, when a group of stakeholders in Toledo coalesced to bring preschool to the city. The project is currently in a demonstration phase, enrolling underserved children in high-quality providers in select neighborhoods in the city

Colorado Preschool Development Grant Cost Evaluation and Needs Assessment

Colorado’s Preschool Development Grant (PDG) provides $33.5 million to support Colorado’s vision that all children are ready for school when entering kindergarten. Colorado Shines Brighter, the state’s PDG B-5 initiative, works to maximize the number of high-quality early care and education options available to families, especially families identified as vulnerable and underserved such as those living in rural areas, families of infants and toddlers, and families of children with special needs.

Head Start Community Needs Assessment

Brodsky Research conducted a comprehensive community needs assessment for Adams County Head Start as part of a federally mandated requirement. This report evaluated needs among the Head Start-eligible population in Adams County, Colorado, and to determine what resources are currently available and what resources are needed to fill gaps

Denver Preschool Program Access and Capacity Study

BRC led a study to evaluate access and capacity for preschool in Denver. The study, which was sponsored by the Denver Preschool Program (DPP) examined availability of licensed preschool slots throughout the city, and yielded a need index which represented the ratio of preschool-age population to preschool slots in each census tract in Denver. In addition, the study used geo-coded data on provider locations to determine the number of high-quality preschool slots within walking distance of each of Denver’s public housing units.

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