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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!

Head Start Story: Paulette R. Pipkin
Mel Gravely
May-07-2024

The Gravely Group recently met Paulette Pipkin at the 14th Annual Fatherhood Conference for the South Carolina State Head Start Association (SCSHSA). Ms. Pipkin is founder of FamEd Consulting, a family engagement planning consultant for early childhood educators. * She is also a graduate of Head Start herself.  As we learned more about her background,…

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The Significance of Board Training for Head Start Success
Mel Gravely
April-16-2024

Head Start programs cannot thrive without the leadership of a well-functioning board. Without a clear and strategic organizational direction that supports the agency’s efforts to navigate challenges and fulfill its responsibilities, an agency may fall off track and ultimately find its funding in jeopardy.  Simply put, board governance issues can impact the entire mission of…

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Getting Back to Full Enrollment
Mel Gravely
March-12-2024

So your Head Start Agency has received an Underenrollment Letter. Now what? The Office of Head Start (OHS) first announced its Full Enrollment Initiative in June 2018. In its announcement, OHS emphasized that full enrollment is the law. Section 642(g) of the Head Start Act states that “each Head Start agency shall enroll 100 percent…

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Head Start Safety: What is a reportable safety incident, and how do you report it?
Mel Gravely
February-08-2024

A 2022 investigation from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) forced Head Start to take a renewed focus on safety. The OIG report found that one in four Head Start grantees had an adverse safety finding over a five-year period. That was far too many. Katie Hamm, who was Acting Office of Head Start Director…

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Screen Time and Young Children: A Guide for Head Start Educators
Mel Gravely
January-19-2024

It’s three weeks into the new year. Time for a reality check. How are you doing on your new year’s resolutions? Did you resolve to lose weight, save money, or exercise more? Those three have long topped surveys of Americans that make resolutions. However, there’s one growing resolution that is a distinctly more modern problem:…

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The Gravely Group 2023 Year in Review
Mel Gravely
December-19-2023

Every year, The Gravely Group posts a Year in Review of all the top stories from The Gravely Group, as well as some of the top news for Head Start nationwide. In 2023, there were two big themes from The Gravely Group and Head Start: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEI&B) and Safety. Let’s start…

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Updates to the Head Start Federal Monitoring Reviews for FY2024
Mel Gravely
October-19-2023

The Gravely Group first introduced our FA1 and FA2 Monitoring Review trainings just about a year ago. Since then, we have helped several grantee agencies prepare for their monitoring reviews by explaining the entire process and helping them create “review-ready” systems and plans. In Fiscal Year 2024, the Office of Head Start (OHS) is back…

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Enhancing Safe Practices in Your Head Start Program
Mel Gravely
September-19-2023

In September 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG), released the following report: ACF Should Improve Oversight of Head Start to Better Protect Children’s Safety. In this 40-page report, the Inspector General found that nearly one in four Head Start grantees received an adverse finding from the Administration…

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Kickstart your Head Start Program’s Diversity Initiatives with Dual Training in Multicultural Principles and DEI&B
Mel Gravely
August-16-2023

At The Gravely Group, we believe that the Multicultural Principles for Early Childhood Leaders and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEI&B) are two sides of the same coin, ying and yang, night and day. They just go together, like Thelma and Louise or peanut butter and pickles (no, seriously, it’s a thing).  Some of the…

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A New Service from The Gravely Group: Enrollment Reduction/Conversion Application Proposals
Mel Gravely
June-15-2023

The Gravely Group is now offering training on how to write and submit an enrollment reduction/conversion application. Contact us for more information. Since the start of the 2021-2022 program year, Head Start has required that grantees return to full enrollment. In a blog we wrote at the time, we posed the question, “does your program…

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