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Early Childhood

Data & Quality Improvement Institute

July 14-30, 2020


For the past two years, Early Intel’s Quality Improvement Summit has introduced early childhood leaders to a range of resources to strengthen the use of data and continuous quality improvement.   The Institute builds on this experience, through six online sessions composed of two distinct modules, with top quality training to help programs meet federal Performance Standard requirements around data and quality improvement.


Virtual Data Boot Camp

The Institute’s first module is a two-week (four session) Data Boot Camp led by the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Zaentz Early Education Initiative.  The Boot Camp focuses on high-lever data strategies and mindsets to drive improvements in behavior management, language and literacy environments and everyday practice.  We will emphasize moving from mere compliance, to using data to drive higher-impact management and stronger outcomes.

Program Objectives:

  • Explore the landscape of data collection in settings serving young learners.
  • Review key types of information to gather, effective data analysis and data-use practice for early childhood programs.
  • Explore practices that foster data-use mindsets among educators and improve leadership and learning communities.

Introduction to CQI

The second module (two sessions) of the Institute will introduce tools and practices to support continuous quality improvement (CQI), as mandated in the Head Start Performance Standards.  CQI represents a distinct mindset and a methodology with particular tools and practices, including problem identification, root cause analysis, process mapping and solutions testing.

These introductory presentations will enable the beginner to learn basic tools and concepts including problem identification, understanding a problem as part of a larger system, the use of rapid tests for guiding solutions, and how to think about engaging staff and customers to diagnose issues.


Who Should Register?

The Institute is designed for a broad audience of program directors, managers and supervisors looking to incorporate data and quality improvement into their program.  Program teams will benefit, with opportunities to confer on content between sessions.  Any manager with responsibility for measuring performance and driving quality will appreciate this training.


Photos from last year’s Q.I. Summit, which inspired this July’s online Institute.

Blanca Enriquez, closing keynote, SE19

Schedule & Program

Data Boot Camp

Tues, July 14, 1-4 pm EDT – Data Landscape for Quality Improvement, Promoting Children’s Social-Emotional and Literacy Development: Data Analysis and Data-Use Practices (Part I).  Leaders:  Nonie Lesaux and Stephanie Jones.

Thurs, July 16, 1 – 3:15 pm EDT – Promoting Children’s Social-Emotional and Literacy Development: Data Analysis and Data-Use Practices (Part II), Debrief and Community Conversation.  Leaders:  Nonie K. Lesaux and Zaentz Team.

Tues, July 21, 1 – 3:15 pm EDT – Creating a Data-Use Culture in Leadership and Learning Communities, Debrief and Community Conversation.  Leaders: Nonie Lesaux, Stephanie Jones and Zaentz Team.

Thurs, July 23, 1-3 pm EDT – Implementing in Your Program, Debrief and Community Conversation.  Leaders:  Nonie Lesaux, Stephanie Jones and Zaentz Team.

Introduction to CQI

Tues, July 28, 1 – 2:00 pm EDT – Seeing the System:  Tools and strategies for diagnosing issues and framing interventions using continuous quality improvement.  Leaders:  Catherine Miller and Benjamin Cooper.

Thurs, July 30, 1 – 2:00 pm EDT – Improving the System:  Tools and strategies for testing changes using continuous quality improvement.  Leaders:  Catherine Miller and Benjamin Cooper.

Session Timing

All sessions will begin at 1 pm Eastern / 10 am Pacific Time.  Sessions lengths will vary as noted above.  Data Boot Camp sessions will take a 15 minute break midway through.


The Institute’s sessions will be supported by an event platform that allows participants to communicate with each other and the presenters between sessions and to easily access handouts, enabling greater continuity and learning.  Within modules, each session is designed to build on the previous one, with the intent that participants will be able to apply their learning on the job, over the duration of the sessions.

Sessions will be recorded and available in case a participant missed a live session.  Recordings will remain available for three weeks after completion of the Institute, to all registrants.

July 14-30, 2020
Online Training Series


Nonie Lesaux

Nonie Lesaux

Nonie Lesaux is Academic Dean and the Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and Society at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and co-director of the Saul…

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Stephanie Jones

Stephanie Jones is the Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and co-director of the Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative. Her…

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Pricing — Regular Rates 

Data Boot Camp (only):     $280

CQI Sessions (only):           $140

Full Institute:                        $350

Event co-hosts are the Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Region 9 Head Start Associations.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

The Q.I. Institute is a great opportunity to connect with early childhood program directors and managers who are leading the way on data and quality improvement. For details on advertising or sponsorship opportunities, contact [email protected].

What People are Saying

Participant feedback from previous events

“I’ll be sharing a lot with my team about presenting and analyzing data and about chronic absence. Got new and relevant ideas. Very applicable to our work.”

“Learning about various data collection tools was really valuable.”

“Panel discussion and speakers were all excellent! Stuart’s ability to engage and demonstrate examples of how to make data tell a story was so beneficial. Thank you!”

“Examples of real data….it opened my eyes as to what to collect and what to do with what we’ve collected for CQI.”

“The hands on “real” tools and strategies to help us do this work at home is invaluable.”

“Opening panel was full of ah-hah! Moments and it set the tone and expectations for the rest of the event.”

“The topic and the varied speakers were great. Loved the variety.”

“All the information was amazing. I like that I didn’t have to choose which sessions to attend.”


For registration or to send a P.O., email Amity: [email protected]. 

For program questions, email [email protected].



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