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Head Start Can Provide Structure and Consistency for New Immigrant Families
Mel Gravely
December-07-2018
Head Start Can Provide Structure and Consistency for New Immigrant Families

In 1977, Head Start began its first bilingual and bicultural programs. 40 years later, Head Start continues to build productive relationships with families by respecting and responding appropriately to the culture, language, values, and family structures of each family they work with. In fact, it’s a requirement. Immigration as a policy matter has been a…

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Driving Engagement with Social Media in Your Head Start Program
Mel Gravely
November-26-2018
Driving Engagement with Social Media in Your Head Start Program

Head Start prides itself on its ability to connect with and enhance the lives of children from families of varying backgrounds and opportunities.¬† The program’s services and resources are designed to foster stable family relationships, enhance children’s physical and¬†emotional well-being, and establish an environment to develop strong cognitive skills. But I don’t have to tell…

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Head Start Stories: Sherri Sharpe
Mel Gravely
November-05-2018
Head Start Stories: Sherri Sharpe

Here we have another installment for our ongoing series “Head Start Stories,” which uncover the power of Head Start to impact people’s lives long after they leave the program. This story comes to us from Sherri Sharpe, who attended Head Start when it was still a fairly new program, started only 5 years before… Dear…

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Compliance for Background Checks and QRIS Delayed until September 2019
Mel Gravely
October-28-2018
Compliance for Background Checks and QRIS Delayed until September 2019

Office of Head Start (OHS) recently announced an update which will delay compliance requirements for background checks and the Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) until September 30, 2019. Under the initial rule, programs were required to comply by September 2017, which was delayed until September 2018. The summary from the updated rule reads: “The…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Foundation for Professional Growth
Mel Gravely
October-07-2018
Relationship-Based Competencies: Foundation for Professional Growth

We’ve reached the ninth and final installment of our blog series on the nine Relationship-Based Competencies, Foundation for Professional Growth. We hope you’ve enjoyed the series and learned a little bit too! (Click here to read all our blogs in the series ») Maintain Professionalism Professional growth is something that everyone should work towards continuously…

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Client Testimonial: Delta Health Alliance
Mel Gravely
September-30-2018
Client Testimonial: Delta Health Alliance

We received the following letter after an ERSEA training from Sha’Ketta Davis, Assistant Director, ERSEA Coordinator, & Compliance Officer for the Delta Health Alliance. Thank you Ms. Davis for the kind words! We appreciate you choosing The Gravely Group. “On Monday, September 10, 2018, Mr. Gravely conducted an ERSEA training in Indianola, MS for the…

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OHS Announces Supplemental Grant Funds to Help Agencies Increase Program Hours
Mel Gravely
September-20-2018
OHS Announces Supplemental Grant Funds to Help Agencies Increase Program Hours

Ever since the Office of Head Start (OHS) announced the full enrollment initiative in June, we’ve been receiving a lot of questions about what kind of support Head Start will provide at the federal level to help programs get closer to the goal of full enrollment. We’re starting to see those questions get answered. OHS…

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Head Start Story: Vicki Wilson
Mel Gravely
September-16-2018
Head Start Story: Vicki Wilson

We recently received a new submission for our ongoing series “Share Your Head Start Story.” This story comes from Vicki Wilson, a mother of two in Kentucky whose children attended the Breckinridge-Grayson Program in Leithfield, KY. Her story is very moving and a great testament to the power of Head Start to transform families’ lives.…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Data-Driven Services and Continuous Improvement
Mel Gravely
September-05-2018
Relationship-Based Competencies: Data-Driven Services and Continuous Improvement

The eighth relationship-based competency in our blog series is Data-Driven Services and Continuous Improvement. Every Head Start and Early Head Start program should be collecting and analyzing data on a regular basis to find new solutions to challenges as part of an ongoing effort to continuously improve services for the community that they are working…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Coordinated, Integrated, Comprehensive Services
Mel Gravely
August-28-2018
Relationship-Based Competencies: Coordinated, Integrated, Comprehensive Services

We’ve reached #7 in our series about the nine Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies: Coordinated, Integrated, Comprehensive Services. Assembling a Team Putting together a comprehensive service team for the families we work with is very important to their success in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Every person that works with the families should have…

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