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OHS Announces Additional Funding & Flexibility for Head Start during COVID-19
Mel Gravely
June-16-2020

Last week, we watched a recorded webinar called “Fiscal Management During the COVID-19 Emergency.” The webinar, which first aired on May 22, featured Office of Head Start (OHS) Director, Dr. Deborah Bergeron, explaining the additional funding available through the CARES Act and how that funding will be distributed in the coming months. She opened the…

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The Gravely Group Stands with Black Lives Matter
Mel Gravely
June-12-2020

The Gravely Group stands with Black Lives Matter protestors and their fight to end systemic racism and injustice. Not to date myself too much, but I remember the 1960s. It was a transformative time for civil rights in America, with marches, protests, boycotts, sit-ins, and, yes, even riots, happening throughout the country calling for an…

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What to expect for Head Start after COVID-19
Mel Gravely
May-13-2020

September seems so far from now, doesn’t it? Where will things stand at that time? Will school be back in session? Even as states begin cautiously reopening some businesses, schools remain closed. However, most expect that school will be back in session in the fall. But what will that look like? As we try to…

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Inviting Head Start Families as Co-Trainers
Mel Gravely
April-27-2020

Parents are often the most powerful leaders for change. Why is that? Well, it just so happens that effective parenting skills have a lot in common with effective leadership skills. Parents use powerful and complex leadership skills and abilities as they manage their households every day and guide their children in the little and big…

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Encourage Head Start Families to Participate in the 2020 Census
Mel Gravely
April-13-2020

Every 10 years, the United States federal government is required to collect an accurate count of all residents of this country. It’s such an important task, that the framers of the U.S. Constitution included it in the first Article: “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within…

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Head Start and COVID-19: What you need to know
Mel Gravely
March-31-2020

The current issue of COVID-19 has raised a lot of questions, including the discussion of how it is affecting our schools. More than just classrooms and hallways, for some families school is a haven for their children. Now with the closure of many schools and programs across the country, its left families with the challenge…

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Communication Methods that Work with Head Start Parents
Mel Gravely
March-12-2020

It cannot be put any clearer than this: Parents are the gateway to their child’s education. Although you cannot demand parents become involved in their child’s education, as an educator of young children, you can foster parental involvement by following a few simple, common-sense communication strategies that have existed since the dawn of spoken language.…

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How Involved Fathers are Forging New Ground
Mel Gravely
February-27-2020

I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail. Muriel StrodeThe Wind-Wafted Wild Flowers, 1903 In the past, women were much more likely to be the primary caregivers who nurtured a child’s early development. That means that when the fathers…

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How Attachment Theory Can Help Improve our Parent Engagement Strategy in Head Start
Mel Gravely
February-10-2020

I saw an interesting article recently on Medium called “The most important theory you’ve never heard of as a parent.” That theory is attachment theory, coined by psychoanalyst John Bowlby in the late 60s. We often discuss how the presence of a parent is important for the development of the child. However, just being there…

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Sharing Ongoing Child Assessment Data Encourages Better Family Engagement
Mel Gravely
January-31-2020

Have you ever heard the saying, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts?” I can’t think of a better example than when parents and educators are on the same page when it comes to preparing for a child’s future. While each side’s contribution is essential on its own, when communication is flowing…

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