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Welcome to our blog! We are very proud of the wealth of information we put out there for Head Start agencies. Take a look around and let us know what you think!

Partnering with Your Local Receiving Schools
Mel Gravely
November-18-2019

As a Head Start leader, building relationships within your local receiving schools is one of the best ways to both understand and plan for the process of transitioning a child from Head Start to kindergarten. However, as with most things, that doesn’t just happen automatically or overnight. It takes time to form a plan, and…

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A Personal Head Start Story: Clarice Jones
Mel Gravely
November-12-2019

Some of our favorite Head Start stories are the ones that start in Head Start, and end in Head Start. We meet so many individuals who attended Head Start as children, and are now on staff at a Head Start program. It can be a very powerful recruitment tool to be able to tell parents…

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Using Community Partnerships to Enhance Father Engagement
Mel Gravely
October-14-2019

If you’re not currently reading the Fatherhood Connection e-newsletter and webinar series from ECLKC, we highly recommend that you make a commitment to read it and share it with other staff. The Office of Head Start has made it clear over and over that engaging families in the education of children – whether mothers, fathers,…

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October is Head Start Awareness Month
Mel Gravely
October-04-2019

October 2014 seems like just yesterday, when programs across the country were engaging with their local media to celebrate 50 years of Head Start. While this October might not have the same big 50 year milestone, it’s still worth noting that, as one of the longest-running anti-poverty programs in US history, the history and purpose…

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Importance of a Code of Conduct for Your Board, Policy Council, & Tribal Council
Mel Gravely
September-12-2019

According to Sec 642(c) of the Head Start Act, all Head Start designees are required to have a formal structure for program governance, including the formation of a governing body and policy council. The section goes into detail about the responsibilities of the board and policy council, including the composition of each group and who…

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The 10 Commandments of Onboarding your Head Start Staff
Mel Gravely
August-27-2019

Employees are one of the most important resources we have in Head Start. Last week, we announced a new training, Onboarding your Head Start Staff. While we have always included elements of employee onboarding in our trainings, as part of our comprehensive Knowledge Management system, we have separated onboarding into its own stand-alone training. With…

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Video: End Your Struggles with Parent Engagement through Effective Communication
Mel Gravely
August-12-2019

Are you having difficulty engaging families? Are you spinning your wheels trying to get parents engaged? Need some strategies to help improve your engagement with families? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we encourage you to watch this video from The Gravely Group CEO, Mel Gravely, as he explains four ways to…

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Marketing Strategies to Assist with Full Enrollment
Mel Gravely
July-29-2019

In June, OHS released a program instruction to remind designees about the requirement to maintain full enrollment for the upcoming school year. “This Program Instruction (PI) reiterates the importance of full enrollment. It also outlines the authority of OHS to designate an agency as Chronically Underenrolled and recapture, withhold, or reduce the base grant for…

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What Education Levels are Required for Head Start Staff?
Mel Gravely
July-09-2019

Head Start wants to ensure that the staff and teachers who are serving local families have the appropriate education to do so. The Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) hosts a series of briefs that outlines all the educational requirements for the majority of Head Start staff positions, everything from Executive Directors to Home…

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How many people are required at your board meeting or policy council to achieve a quorum?
Mel Gravely
June-30-2019

Every time we host a webinar on record keeping or on the three entities of Head Start/Early Head Start, we get the same question: “What is the minimum amount of members that must be present at a Board or Policy Council meeting to achieve a quorum? “ The answer to this question is actually pretty…

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