R4K Data Sources


Data Sources for R4K Action Networks






Greater Louisville Project Early Childhood Report 

This report analyzes one way to evaluate early childhood development—kindergarten readiness—as well as several factors that impact it: the price and availability of child care, adverse childhood experiences, and food security. We chose these data based on community interest and with the aim of illuminating topics for which local data is not widely available.

Data used in this report is reflective of pre-COVID trends throughout our community. The effects of COVID on child development and kindergarten readiness are not yet fully known or understood, but as the report below will show children not participating in a formal setting before kindergarten have the lowest kindergarten readiness scores. In 2020, child care providers were mandated to close from March 20 to June 15th due to COVID and operated at reduced capacity until March 15, 2021. In addition, many providers have closed permanently, or had to close on and off as a result of COVID cases at their site. Due to these realities we know that more children than ever will have spent the last year at home and not in a formal care setting.

Kentucky Education Department School Report Cards

The Kentucky School Report Card provides information about each school and district in Kentucky. The link provided here is to the Jefferson County (JCPS) school report card.

Scroll down to Academic Performance > Assessment Results > Kindergarten Screen.

Census Bureau's American Community Survey 

The US Census has been developing a new online data tool at This includes many detailed tables on population characteristics for small geographic areas, including, counties, cities and towns, Zip codes and Census tracts. Data topics include age, race, income, household size, employment, and many others. Users can enter search terms in the search bar, browse tables by topic, or select areas on a map to identify relevant data.

Select Tables and Maps > Enter a term in the search bar > Select a table from the left or choose the Maps tab > Use the Customize Table button the access filters.

Center for Health Equity 

The Center for Health Equity provides extensive analysis of public health concerns in Jefferson County through the 2017 Health Equity Report and provides a series of interactive story maps.

Scroll down to find a link for to the health equity report. The link will first take the user to a page with a few questions and then download the report file. Scrolling further down the page will lead to the story maps.

Vital Statistics report

This data brief presents 2018 preliminary data on birth and deaths indicators. Trends reveal changes in the health and wellbeing of the county and are impacted by root causes of health such as access to medical care, and the prevalence of specific risk factors. Statistics of each indicators are shown by race/ethnicity, gender, age, and other demographic characteristics where available.

The link leads to a static report document.

Kids Count Data Center,29,30,31,32,34,33/char/0

A wide range of data from multiple sources is available in a standard format at the county level. Topics include health, safety, education, economic well-being, demographics, and family & community.

Begin by selecting a region and topic. Data can be viewed in a table or on a map. Users also have an option to export data to an excel (.csv) file.

KY Stats

KY stats provides data reports in the form of interactive dashboards. Users can interact with the data by selecting options from different drop-down menus.

The early childhood dashboard has tabs at the top the permit the user to select Kindergarten Readiness or All STARS and Early Childhood Programs.


The Accountability, Research, and Systems Improvement (ARSI) Division publishes annual summative data reports for our elementary, middle, and high schools. Available data include demographic, academic, behavior, and climate survey results. Beginning in the summer of 2020, this data is now available on the department's data portal, Cascade. Cascade offers the latest JCPS open datasets along with an archive of past years' files.

Desktop- and mobile-friendly datasets are displayed on the webpage, along with the ability to download the PDF or Excel spreadsheet version. Each dataset has a brief explanation of the data contained along with the date the dataset was created or pulled from the source. 

Kentucky State Data Center  

The Kentucky State Data Center collects population data from other sources on this list in one place. One useful feature is a map of neighborhoods in Jefferson County with a link to an extensive data summary in each.

Explore data links on the homepage, or follow the link to the Louisville Neighborhood profiles for an extensive data summary of that area. Hover over the map to find neighborhood names > click on a neighborhood >click on the link to open a PDF in a separate page

Greater Louisville Project

The GLP publishes data, research, and information related to our Deep Drivers through its Competitive City Reports. These reports help connect the dots between education, jobs, health, and quality of place.

The link provided is to the GLP site index with links to all GLP reports and data.

R4K Access & Quality study

In light of the dynamic education environment in Kentucky and Jefferson County in 2018, Ready for K Alliance lead a study to evaluate the status and condition of early childhood education settings in Louisville, KY. As with all strategies connected to Ready for K Alliance, the study is designed to provide insights on how the youngest children in our community can best be prepared to succeed.

The Louisville Early Childhood Access and Quality Study examines the early childhood education (EC) landscape across Jefferson County, Kentucky during 2018.


Navigate to the Study Findings, Tutorial, Example Scenario and analysis Dashboards using the tabs located in the upper left at the link. 

State of Babies Yearbook 2021

Where children are born can affect their chances for a strong start in life. Babies need good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences to foster their healthy brain development and help them realize their full potential. This state profile provides a snapshot of how infants, toddlers, and their families are faring in each of these three policy domains.

Within each domain, view data for selected child, family, and policy indicators compared to national averages. The profile begins with a demographic description of the state’s babies and families to offer the broadest context for exploring what may be very different experiences of the state’s youngest children.

CHE Health Impact Assessment of Kentucky’s Child Care Assistance Program

This HIA addresses the health impacts of well-funded early childhood education on children as well as on parents and child care providers. While the report informs HB 106, it also provides recommendations on additional measures that would further strengthen early childhood education and care in Kentucky.


A Fragile Ecosystem: The Impact of COVID-19 on Kentucky’s Child Care Providers

A Fragile Ecosystem was released in partnership with United Way of Kentucky, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Kentucky Youth Advocates, Child Care Advocates of Kentucky, Metro United Way, Learning Grove, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Appalachian Early Childhood Network, EC Learn, and Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C). This working group is committed to the success of children, families, and child care providers across Kentucky.

The report presents the findings of the Kentucky Child Care Provider Survey (May 2020) and the Kentucky Parent Surveys (July 2020 and January 2021).