As of June 2020, it is still too early to know how state early childhood systems will be permanently changed by the COVID-19 crisis. But the need for early childhood data isn’t new to the pandemic and recovery. States can benefit from data to better understand the landscape of local early childhood services—and about resources needed to help families access those services. State leaders will be tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that early childhood education can succeed in the post-COVID-19 era. This brief explores steps state leaders can take to develop infrastructure, engage with communities, and leverage federal funds to support students in early childhood and beyond.