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Staying Involved Sets the Stage for Your Child’s Success
Mel Gravely
November-14-2017
Staying Involved Sets the Stage for Your Child’s Success

It’s no secret that parenting can sometimes be our toughest job. As parents, we often lose sleep over how to ensure our children’s safety, healthy development, and future success. Study after study suggests that children experience significant developmental benefits when parents are actively involved in their children’s education. Early education programs like Head Start routinely…

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A Touching Note from a Client
Mel Gravely
November-06-2017
A Touching Note from a Client

We recently received a lovely unsolicited note from a client following a training, describing her journey with Head Start. She has given us permission to post it in our blog. Good Afternoon Mr. Gravely, Thanks for all the inspirational words you gave to get the motivation from the audience. Now back in 1965 at five…

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Teachers Report Weaker Relationships with Students of Color
Mel Gravely
October-30-2017
Teachers Report Weaker Relationships with Students of Color

Some of the most successful entrepreneurs and executives have attributed their career success to strong bonds they shared with encouraging and inspiring teachers from their youth. A new study by NYU researcher Dr. Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng provides evidence that teachers have weak relationships with students of color and children of immigrants. The author further suggests…

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Tips for Teaching Nutrition in Head Start
Mel Gravely
October-10-2017
Tips for Teaching Nutrition in Head Start

In Head Start Performance Standard 1302.46:(ii): Discuss their child’s nutritional status with staff, including the importance of physical activity, healthy eating, and the negative health consequences of sugar-sweetened beverages, and how to select and prepare nutritious foods that meet the family’s nutrition and food budget needs. How can we help Head Start encourage healthy eating?…

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Supporting Breastfeeding in Head Start
Mel Gravely
October-02-2017
Supporting Breastfeeding in Head Start

In the Head Start Performance Standards: 1302.44 (a) (viii): Promote breastfeeding, including providing facilities to properly store and handle breast milk and make accommodations, as necessary, for mothers who wish to breastfeed during program hours, and if necessary, provide referrals to lactation consultants or counselors. How can you help support breastfeeding in your Head Start…

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Health Care for Every Child in Head Start
Mel Gravely
September-11-2017
Health Care for Every Child in Head Start

Two places in the Head Start Performance Standards that talk about guiding families with health insurance and Healthcare: 1302.42 Child health status and care. (a) Source of health care. (1) A program, within 30 calendar days after the child first attends the program or, for the home-based program option, receives a home visit, must consult…

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The Rich History of Head Start During the 1970s
Mel Gravely
September-01-2017
The Rich History of Head Start During the 1970s

The 1970s were a transformative time for the still young Head Start program, which started only a few years earlier. In 1970, The Parent Involvement Guidelines, commonly referred to as 70.2, solidified the important role of parents in Head Start. An excerpt from 70.2 reads: “Project Head Start must continue to discover new ways for…

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Handling Medical Emergencies in Head Start
Mel Gravely
August-23-2017
Handling Medical Emergencies in Head Start

“His face is blowing up!” “Call 911! There’s tons of blood!” “She’s fainting!” These situations are every early childhood director’s nightmare. Head Start staff, however, is prepared for this possibility. Medical emergencies can happen because of injuries, chronic health conditions, or unexpected major illness. No matter how bad the injury, keeping a clear head can…

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The Importance of Health Program Services in Head Start
Mel Gravely
August-09-2017
The Importance of Health Program Services in Head Start

A child with health problems, whether oral, mental or nutrition concerns, will have difficulty learning. That’s why it’s up to us, Head Start staff, to provide the high-quality health services, that will help each child grow. According to section 1302.40 (a) of Head Start Performance Standards: “A program must provide high-quality health, oral health, mental…

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The Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
Mel Gravely
August-01-2017
The Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework

The Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five (HSELOF, 2015) replaces the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework (HSCDELF, 2010). The new framework is designed to show the continuum of learning of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. It is grounded in comprehensive research around what young children should know and be…

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