Icon_ Data Literacy Credential

Data Literacy Credential

Online • Live • 105 PD Hrs

Educate managers and directors in data literacy; the ability to communicate about the use of data; and basic storytelling with data skills.


Data-driven quality improvement stands to bring unrivaled levels of performance to the Head Start field, and is defined and mandated by the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS). A leader or manager who completes this credential signals to their staff and the Office of Head Start that their program is committed to this level of performance.

To earn this credential, candidates must complete the following three sequential five-week classes, demonstrating their knowledge and skills in data literacy and their ability to apply that information back in their programs.

  • Course 1: The Wonderful World of Data
  • Course 2: Using Head Start Data
  • Course 3: Foundations of Storytelling with Data

Each course requires candidates to attend two live 60-minute class sessions each week via Zoom. Classes will be completely virtual—allowing candidates to take classes while maintaining their traditional work schedule. In addition to class time, candidates spend approximately four hours per week on assignments and learning activities.

In addition, candidates are required to complete a final portfolio assignment, the purpose of which is to tangibly demonstrate comfort with the course material and an ability to apply new knowledge and skills. Grading for each course will be a combination of attendance, in-class participation, and mastery of the content as demonstrated by the various assignments.

Start Dates: Annually in the following terms: Fall in October, Winter in January, Spring in March, and Summer in July

Course Level: Advanced

Requirements/Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: Leadership and Management, Data-specific Staff Roles

Completion Timeline/Duration: Nine Months

Required Courses

Course Facilitator

Dr. Greg Dixon

Dr. Greg Dixon

Dr. Greg Dixon is the chief analytics 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...

"There is something special to be said about the way Dr. Dixon and Stuart delivers messaging to all adult learners. Never once did I feel ashamed of my learning disability. They have a special way of touching on all learning styles with how they deliver the learning and as an adult learner I need time and they built that in beautifully.”

–Tyressa Johnson, Early Education Manager, Early Learning Ventures

“As a data coordinator in Early Head Start, I often feel like my role doesn't fit in a neat box because it overlaps with so many service areas. This course advocates for how important a role data plays in Head Start/Early Head Start and improving not only families and communities, but also staff.”

Sondra Anderson, Data Coordinator, Families First Early Head Start/CSVC

Registration Rates

Regular Rate: $4,497

NHSA Member Rate: $3,897

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  • Online, Self Paced Coursework
  • 30 Hours of Live Instruction
  • Access to a National Cohort of Peers
  • 75 Hours of Course Material
  • Video Content
  • Digital Badge
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 24/7 Access to Transcript

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