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Data Literacy Credential

Empowers managers and directors to make successful changes to their program’s overall data culture.

Live • Online • 51 PD Hours

Join other motivated managers and directors from Head Start and Early Head Start programs across the nation to become a data leader and learn to lead positive change in your program’s data culture! The Data Literacy Credential is a committment to use data effectively in order to meet Head Start and Early Head Start's biggest goals.


Data Literacy Credential Students Report:

  • An increase in confidence in how to talk about data with their supervisors, peers, and staff/employees
  • Successfully learning to define, troubleshoot, and dramatically improve the way data works in practice in their programs
  • Ability to train their teams to use consistent, accurate terminology when talking about data
  • Feeling much more confident in storytelling and presenting with data
  • Ability to motivate their staff to actually like data and embrace their roles as professionals responsible for collecting, entering, analyzing, and reporting

To earn this credential, participants must complete an eight-week instructional course, demonstrating their knowledge and skills in data literacy and their ability to apply that information back in their programs. Each week has a dedicated theme and accompanying video instruction and in-class work.

Learners will attend two live 60-minute class sessions each week via Zoom. These classes are 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.

Each participant will 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. Criteria for successfully completing the credential is a combination of attendance, in-class participation, and mastery of the content as demonstrated by the various assignments.

The course is designed for all types of learners. No advanced data knowledge or skills are required. 

Acorn Evaluation, Inc. is our partner providing all content and instruction. They are accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offer IACET CEUs for learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. CEUs for the Data Literacy Credential are awarded for successful completion by Acorn Evaluation, Inc. You can learn more here.

Course Outline

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Webinar: Data Literacy Credential Info Session

In this Data Literacy Credential information recording, you will all about the services and supports provided to candidates.

Registration Rates

Regular Rate: $4,995

NHSA Member Rate: $3,995

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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

Course Facilitator

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.