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OHS Announces Full Enrollment Initiative
Mel Gravely
June-12-2018
OHS Announces Full Enrollment Initiative

Last week, Office of Head Start (OHS) issued a program instruction on its website called the “Full Enrollment Initiative.” In it, OHS details its plans to ensure that each Head Start designee “enroll 100 percent of its funded enrollment and maintain active waiting lists at all times with ongoing outreach to the community and activities…

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Client Testimonial: Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, Inc
Mel Gravely
June-04-2018
Client Testimonial: Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, Inc

We recently received a lovely letter from the Social Service Manager of Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services in Brooklyn, NY. We were there recently administering a training on Policy Council. We’d like to thank Catholic Charities for their business! Take a look at the letter below. April 30, 2018 I have had the pleasure of having…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Parent-Child Relationships and Families as Lifelong Educators
Mel Gravely
May-31-2018
Relationship-Based Competencies: Parent-Child Relationships and Families as Lifelong Educators

Our next blog is about Parent-Child Relationships and Families as Lifelong Learners, the fourth in our series about the 9 Relationship-Based Competencies. Nothing is more important than the relationships that are built between parent and child. In creating these relationships, there is a tremendous amount of important learning that is happening. Our roles as Head…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Family Well-Being and Families as Learners
Mel Gravely
May-21-2018
Relationship-Based Competencies: Family Well-Being and Families as Learners

This is the third blog post in our series about the 9 Relationship-based Competencies: Family Well-Being and Families as Learners. As educators, we are continuously learning new information as we advance in our careers and lives. It’s the same for families. Looking after the well-being of the families we serve, and guiding them in the…

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A Personal Head Start Story: Katrina
Mel Gravely
May-08-2018
A Personal Head Start Story: Katrina

We recently had another submission for our ongoing initiative: Share Your Head Start Story. This story submitted by Katrina from Alaska is a familiar one. A child who grew up in Head Start and had a great experience, grows up to become an employee of a Head Start program to share that experience with others.…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Self-Aware and Culturally Responsive Relationships
Mel Gravely
May-07-2018
Relationship-Based Competencies: Self-Aware and Culturally Responsive Relationships

This is the second blog post in our series about the nine relationship-based competencies. Read our first blog here: Positive, Goal-Oriented Relationships. As professionals working in Head Start and Early Head Start programs we get the opportunity to meet families that have very diverse backgrounds and come from different cultures. Building productive relationships with families…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Positive, Goal-Oriented Relationships
Mel Gravely
May-01-2018
Relationship-Based Competencies: Positive, Goal-Oriented Relationships

For the first blog in our series about relationship-based competencies, we’re going to discuss positive, goal-oriented relationships. Creating positive relationships with the families that we serve is a key point in assisting them to become self-sufficient. From our first interaction with families to the last, the relationships that we build will stay with them for…

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Understanding the Importance of the Nine Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies
Mel Gravely
April-29-2018
Understanding the Importance of the Nine Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies

Over the next couple months, we will be doing a blog series on the nine Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies, focusing on a different competency each week. But before we can dive in on each individual competency, we’d first like to define the overall structure and purpose of the relationship-based competencies, and why they’re important for…

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Why Should Parents Serve on Policy Council?
Mel Gravely
April-03-2018
Why Should Parents Serve on Policy Council?

As Head Start professionals, we know that Head Start needs parents’ input to succeed. With new regulations cropping up and in an ever-changing world, the guidance of parents is sorely needed to run a program that meets the needs of the community, the children, and parents. However, when talking with parents and trying to gauge…

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A Personal Head Start Story: Sylvia White
Mel Gravely
March-26-2018
A Personal Head Start Story: Sylvia White

We love to hear stories about how Head Start has changed people’s lives! Below is a story submitted recently on our website about the Head Start program in Lincolnville, South Carolina. If you’re interested in submitting a story for publication on our blog, social media, and e-newsletter, please send it to us! “I attended the…

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