Head Start Training & Workshops

mA Gravely Group training follows a three step strategy that always includes professional objectives, specialized content support, and proactive exercises. Each participant will also receive resources that represent the most current trends in Head Start policy and procedures.

In addition to these specialized trainings, Mr. Gravely is also available to serve as a keynote speaker at your next annual or state conference. Feel free to contact us.

Below you will find just a few of our program options to assist you with your program needs.

New Performance Standards

Striving to improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, Congress instructed the Office of Head Start to update its performance standards and to ensure any such revisions to the standards do not eliminate or reduce quality, scope, or types of health, educational, parental involvement, nutritional, social, or other services programs provide. Now that the new Performance Standards are now in effect, they provide a clear road map for current and prospective grantees to support high-quality Head Start services and to strengthen the outcomes of the children and families Early/Head Start serves.

This is a great opportunity to make some fantastic transformations in your early learning agency. Let the Gravely Group assist your organization in some specific trainings to meet the new Performance Standards:

  • Program Governance. There are several changes to the program governance piece of the performance standards including parent membership on the governance team, advisory committees and impasses statements.
  • Program Structure. This is a new part of the Performance Standards. This includes how to convert slots, service duration and the family childcare option. This can be difficult to identify for your organization. Feel free to reach out to The Gravely Group for assistance with this process.
  • Program Management and Quality Improvement. An organization must implement a process for using data to identify program strengths and needs, develop and implement plans that address program need. This includes using all data collected to create the organization’s goals and objectives.

Program Governance

Effective Head Start governing bodies provide support and direction to guide organizations. When parents are more knowledgeable about the contents of the Head Start Act, the likelihood increases that they will successfully make every effort to ensure that children receiving Head Start services are being properly developed. Understanding the policies and the structure of the program governance will ensure a strong Head Start program that will function as mandated in the Act. Knowing the decision making process will prevent any unnecessary internal conflict and/or legal issues in the future. Participants of this workshop will learn their responsibilities and how to properly structure their parent policy council/committee to effectively conduct the business of the group.

Workshop will include::

  • Guidance for success by providing the necessary tools to build a strong relationship with program partners.
  • How the Head Start Performance Standards influence program success.
  • The dos and don’ts of conducting meetings using Robert’s Rule of Order.

Learning objectives::

  • Clarify federal regulations, definitions and interpretations to build consistency throughout the program.
  • Provide technical assistance to Policy Council, Parent Committees and Governing Body.
  • Understand the concept of governance and how the roles associated with governance are distinguished from the roles associated with administration.
  • Clarify their roles and responsibilities and how these roles and responsibilities relate to policy groups and agency and program managers.
  • Recognize the basic procedures and systems that must exist to have well-functioning Head Start programs.
  • Demonstrate effective shared decision-making with the appropriate Head Start policy groups.

Program Governance Webinars

The Program Governance webinar series consists of four separate one-hour modules. Together, the consist of the same content you would receive with an in-person visit from our trainers.

Workshop will include::

  • Guidance for success by providing the necessary tools to build a strong relationship with program partners.
  • How the Head Start Performance Standards influence program success.
  • The dos and don’ts of conducting meetings using Robert’s Rule of Order.

Learning objectives::

  • Clarify federal regulations, definitions and interpretations to build consistency throughout the program.
  • Provide technical assistance to Policy Council, Parent Committees and Governing Body.
  • Understand the concept of governance and how the roles associated with governance are distinguished from the roles associated with administration.
  • Clarify their roles and responsibilities and how these roles and responsibilities relate to policy groups and agency and program managers.
  • Recognize the basic procedures and systems that must exist to have well-functioning Head Start programs.
  • Demonstrate effective shared decision-making with the appropriate Head Start policy groups.

ERSEA: Proven Techniques and Procedures

This workshop will provide Head Start Personnel with the tools to recruit, enroll, and retain families through proven marketing techniques and strict adherence to the performance standards. In addition, Performance Standards require that Policy Councils and Parent Committees must work in partnership with key management staff and the governing body to develop, review and approve or disapprove the criteria for defining ERSEA in accordance with the requirements of 45 CFR 1305.

The focus of this workshop will be on ERSEA regulations, proven marketing techniques, retention and customer service strategies.

Participants will learn:

  • Strategies to retain Children
  • A well-defined understanding of ERSEA Federal Regulations
  • The Enrollment Process

Participants will:

  • A have an improved understanding of how to retain children
  • How to effectively recruit families into Head Start
  • ERSEA – How to make sure you are following the regulations
  • Does Head Start effectively market its product: Proven Techniques

Why will training participants refer others to your workshop?

Participants of this workshop will acquire effective strategies in ERSEA. Marketing and retention are essential to the success of every Head Start agency.

Parent Engagement

Parent engagement is an ongoing process, and how parents choose to become involved may vary from individual to individual. Today, the person who parents a child in Head Start may be a teenager, a single father, a recent immigrant, a grandmother, a foster parent, an aunt or a great-aunt. Fewer parents are at home full-time with their children. More parents are working two or more jobs or are in school or training full-time themselves. These and many other factors mean that there is no typical parent and no one best way to get them involved. Traditional strategies to involve parents in Head Start, such as classroom volunteering or membership on the Policy Council, may not meet the interests, needs or logistical requirements of all parents. Because of the more complex nature of parenting today, parent involvement is too big a task to for any one employee. It takes creativity, teamwork and the skills of the entire staff. The contribution of family experience, perspective and participation is of tremendous value to Head Start Programs. This workshop will discuss the provisions of the Act that relates to a parents required involvement, strategies to be more involved and role of the entire staff in engaging parents.

Learning Objectives:

  • Ability to clarify regulations, definitions and interpretations to build consistency and continuity amongst policy council / parent committee
  • Identify their role and responsibility to the policy council / parent committee and Head Start Agency
  • Establish a mutual working relationship with governing board, Policy Council and Head Start Agency
  • Improves family life through strengthening parent-child relationships, enhanced home learning environments
  • Increased parental self-sufficiency

Effective Meetings

Parent Leaders who attend this workshop with will learn their governance roles and how to effectively conduct the business of their policy council/committee. This training will provide Parent Leaders with a toolkit for success by providing the necessary equipment to build a strong working relationship with Head Start partners. The Head Start Performance Standards and Robert’s Rules of Order are focal points of this training to ensure councils/committees are in accordance with the Head Start Act.

Participants will be provided with samples of:

  • How to organize and prepare for a meeting
  • Creating meeting agenda
  • Proper manner how to record minutes
  • How to make a motion

Learning objectives:

  • To recognize the roles of Head Start staff as well as parents to guarantee the success of the Head Start Program
  • To rebuild a sense of energy, motivation and confidence with parent policy council/committees
  • To educate participants exactly how:
    • How to make a motion
    • Create bylaws
    • Take meeting notes
  • Provide an opportunity to create a solid framework to bring back to respective governance bodies to ensure program compliance with the Performance Standards

Board Training

The research of the Urban Institute indicates that for more than a decade, the nonprofit sector has experienced a steady growth in size and financial impact. However recent economic and political issues have had a negative impact on nonprofit organizations.

At The Gravely Group, we believe that there is a critical role that nonprofits play in communities across the nation. Thus it is imperative that a nonprofit Board function at a high level to ensure a clear and strategic organizational direction that supports the agency’s efforts to successfully navigate the challenges, responsibilities and opportunities of a new and changing environment.

During Board Training with The Gravely Group, participants can expect to learn:

  • Understand the importance and the requirements of having a board
  • Identify the individuals who should be members of your board
  • Understand the roles of the board members
  • Understand the importance of creating bylaws
  • Ability to develop and implement bylaws

Why Use this Board Training from The Gravely Group?

  • We prepare your organization to function at a high level
  • We implement processes that enhance Board functioning
  • The training eliminates actions that hinder organizational efficiency
  • We promote achievement of organizational mission and goals
  • The Training supports team building within Boards

Some of the highlights of Board Training from The Gravely Group:

  • Standards of Conduct for Nonprofit Boards
  • Duties of Care, Loyalty and Obedience
  • Comprehensive Bylaws
  • Board Responsibilities
  • Ensuring Fiscal Health & Fiduciary Accountability
  • Team Building for Successful Boards

Why build teams on the Boards of Directors?

  • Instill commitment of staff members. When Board members feel they are part of a team, they tend to exhibit greater allegiance to their colleagues and loyalty to the organization. As a result, board turnover falls and participation satisfaction improves.
  • Tackle complex tasks and projects efficiently. Teams allow large, complicated projects to be divided among staff members based on the specific skills and strengths each member brings to the table. This promotes the best use of resources for the specific project.
  • Generate more and better solutions. Board teams comprised of community leaders with different backgrounds and perspectives tend to look at problems in a variety of ways, resulting in more creative solutions to the problem.
  • Improve productivity and quality. When boards work in teams, are committed to their team mates and feel their team is supported in its efforts by board leadership and productivity

Emerging Leadership Institute: Building Staff from the Inside

As Head Start transitions with a bit of uncertainly, it is definitely time to grow staff to ensure staff development and retention. This workshop will develop tools and techniques for developing emerging leaders within Head Start program across the United States.

This workshop is designed to:

  • Identify characteristics of leaders and leadership principles
  • Identify strategies for developing and nurturing emerging leaders though powerful coaching techniques
  • Identify (internal/external) obstacles of becoming an emerging leader
  • Identify elements necessary to develop and build a culture of leadership
  • Restored sense of energy, motivation and confidence in their role with parent policy council/committees

Workshop Objectives:

Supporting the staff client base is the straightforward method of securing staff development. Participants’ of this workshop will:

  • Identify characteristics of leaders and leadership principles
  • Identify strategies for developing and nurturing emerging leaders though powerful coaching techniques
  • Identify (internal/external) obstacles of becoming an emerging leader
  • Identify elements necessary to develop and build a culture of leadership
  • Restored sense of energy, motivation and confidence in their role with parent policy council/committees

When you complete this class, why will you refer others?

Participants will value the increase in knowledge and skills that can be applied personally and professionally. Participants also value the facilitator’s knowledge and facilitation of a motivational and engaging workshop that introduced innovative concepts.