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Data Basics

On-Demand • Online • 3 PD Hours

This course explores the role of data in Head Start and answers two questions: “Why do people care so much about data?” and “What does this have to do with me?”


Data is vital to measuring the impact of Head Start and front line staff play a key role in making sure that data is accurate, timely, and usable. Developed in partnership with the experts at Acorn Evaluation, Data Basics is a three-hour online course designed to help staff understand why they are asked to collect so much data and how critical it is in supporting children and families.

Designed in six 30-minute modules, the course fits into the busy schedule of Head Start professionals. It can be taken at any time and completed over a time period of as long as one month.

Start Date: On-Demand

Course Level: Beginner

Requirements/Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: Instruction and Effective Practice, Leadership and Management, Parents and Families, Program Operations, Support Services

Course Meeting Times: None

Completion Timeline/Duration: One month

Course Outline

Course Author

Dr. Greg Dixon

Dr. Greg Dixon

Dr. Greg Dixon is the chief learning officer at Acorn Evaluation. Dr. Dixon is the leading designer of professional development programs to build data literacy in Head Start. He brings two decades of award-winning experience as a professor and curriculum designer to the development of programs that make data fun and accessible to all.

What learners are saying...

"This experience was awesome and it taught me a lot about data. It taught me the importance of collecting data to help improve the lives of those in my community."

- Venisha Jones, PFCE, Regina Coeli Child Development Center

"Loved this course! Especially the tips on growing data literacy within the organization and helping others see themselves as data people, thank you!"

- Lexi Sanderson, Home Visitor, The Learning Center for Families

"I have been working with data since the reauthorization has taken place, and I know that this is the best support any program can have to provide quality improvement to our program."

– Estela Salazar, Assistant Head Start Director, Webb County Commissioners Head Start

"The Data Basics course is a good course for staff who are with Head Start and need to understand how expectations shifted focus from compliance to quality improvement... It does a great job at explaining the importance of collecting comprehensive data, coding, sorting, recording, and analyzing for decision making. It does a great job of explaining the importance of checking for accuracy to create usable data."

- Deborah Opfer, Systems Management Analyst, AKA Head Start, Inc

"This training was excellent and exactly what I needed to completely understand the collection of Data and how to apply it to my program." 

- Luz Munoz, Head Start Assistant Director, Webb County Commissioners Head Start

"We had a richer self-assessment because I had the SA team first complete Data Basics and Data Essentials. Shout out to you all for great content for us to continue to learn through the stress..."

- Jeanne Myer, Executive Director, Family Forum, Inc

Registration Rates

Regular Rate: $295

NHSA Member Rate: $150

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  • Online, Self Paced Content
  • 3 Hours of Course Material
  • Video Content
  • One Month Access to Online Course
  • Digital Badge
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 24/7 Access to Transcript



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