Educare Best Practices Training: Data Utilization - A Deeper Dive into Data

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Participants will learn how to use data to inform practices that support student and family outcomes. The training builds on an awareness of data terminology as established in Data Basics to examine data use in early childhood settings. This training explores how to distinguish between multiple levels, purposes and sources of data and analyze the differences to make informed decisions. Participants can apply the lessons from the training to their daily work, no matter what type or quantity of data their programs collect. Early childhood providers will learn how to cultivate a climate and infrastructure of data utilization that drives continuous quality improvement.

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Face to Face

Target Audience
Early Childhood Leaders, Teachers, Child Care Providers, and Family Engagement Staff


No prior experience is necessary. This is an intermediate class that goes in-depth with data utilization.

There is a fee associated with this course. Please contact Nathan Pope, Npope@claytonearlylearning or (303) 355-4411 x.316, at Clayton Early Learning to discuss fee.

Upon completion, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe and distinguish between multiple types and levels of data available by examining their own program and using the examples presentation. Learners will also identify the Top 10 Best Practices with Data through a presentation and explain which would be easiest and which would be most challenging to implement within their program.
  • Identify quantitative and qualitative data using the Data-Driven Practices Glossary of Terms. Learner will also define other data-driven terms to gain a data vocabulary.
  • The learner will understand, assess, and plan for implementing the six foundations of data utilization by completing and considering the Multiple Sources of Data grid.
  • The learner will practice using multiple types and levels of data to set goals and to create actions plans for improving practice and outcomes by identifying three aspects of the theory of change that relates to their program, identifying practices and routines surrounding data gathering and utilization within their program, and identifying the three data building teams each program needs along with a purpose statement for each. Participants will also label and describe the data culture within their programs and identify several ways for staff to become competent in using data.
  • Identify the four parts of the data cycle overview utilizing the data cycle slideshow and practice hands-on corresponding activities to summarize, interpret, and integrate multiple types and levels of data. Participants will practice data dialogue, set SMART goals, action plan, and learn how to monitor progress.
  • Identify three or more stakeholders in their program and develop confidence and competence in communicating about data with stakeholders by identifying positive communication strategies.
This training aligns to Colorado's Competencies for Early Childhood Educators and Administrators.
  • Child Observation and Assessment 5.1: Describes the importance of analyzing and interpreting unbiased child observation and assessment data using both indirect and direct methodologies.
  • Child Observation and Assessment 5.2: Applies assessment data (both indirect and direct) in curriculum, instruction, professional practice, and interaction with children, seeking support as needed. Is able to link assessment data to child progress and goal setting for individual and groups of children.
  • Child Observation and Assessment 3.3: Plans, evaluates, implements, and analyzes methods for child observation and assessment systems that include family input and other early learning professionals in order to plan for responsive experiences and activities.
  • Child Observation and Assessment 2.1: Identifies how the results of child observations and assessments are used to adjust and individualize instruction.
  • Child Observation and Assessment 6.1: Describes the importance of communicating children's observation and assessment information to families in a sensitive and supportive manner.
This course is available through Clayton Early Learning. Please contact Nathan Pope, or (303) 355-4411 x.316, to schedule a training for your program.

Last Update 10/7/19

Additional Information

This course has been recognized as aligned to The Colorado Competencies and meeting best practice standards for adult instruction through the Colorado Shines PDIS Training Alignment Process. The Rules Regulating Child Care Facilities, issued by the Division of Early Care and Learning, Colorado Department of Human Services, take precedence over any course content.

To view Child Care Licensing Rules:

For more information, contact your child care licensing specialist.

Please note, instructors will mark your attendance and course completion in the Colorado Shines PDIS within seven days of the course event date. Paper certificates might not be issued at this training. You may confirm your course completion, view, and print an online certificate through My Dashboard – My PDIS Transcript menu navigation of the Colorado Shines PDIS. Please do not upload a course certificate that is already linked to your Colorado Shines PDIS account as this may delay processing of professional credentials.

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DO NOT REGISTER HERE. Please contact Nathan Pope, or (303) 355-4411 x.316, with Clayton Early Learning to schedule a training event. Do not register through Colorado Shines PDIS unless requested to do so by instructor.

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