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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!

What is Head Start’s New “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging” Initiative?
Mel Gravely
January-07-2023

Mel Gravely, M.S. and Dr. Desiree Del-Zio, Ed.D, researched the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI&B) initiative and monitored hundreds of program practices meant to achieve the D.E.I.&B federal expectations. They will present this information to attendees of the Region IV 2023 Annual Training Conference and Expo (2/21/23-2/24/23), offering a day-long, in-depth and immersive learning…

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The Gravely Group 2022 Year in Review
Mel Gravely
December-05-2022

If you only read one of The Gravely Group’s blogs each year, our annual Year in Review should be it. Each year, we do a recap of all the articles we put out throughout the year, as well as give a few other highlights from our trainings and travels. After nearly three years of uncertainty,…

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What are the Focus Area One and Focus Area Two Monitoring Reviews?
Mel Gravely
November-02-2022

The Head Start Act section 641A outlines that the Secretary of Health and Human Services is responsible for promoting a comprehensive federal monitoring and oversight system. The system must assess program compliance with regulations applicable to Head Start programs. These regulations include regulatory requirements documented in the Head Start Program Performance Standards, the Head Start…

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Supporting the Mental Health of Head Start Staff
Mel Gravely
September-19-2022

Earlier this past summer, the National Head Start Association (NHSA) announced a new initiative for supporting the mental health of the staff within its member programs. In a press release at the time, NHSA explained that the initiative is meant to address the “unique set of difficult and challenging stressors” that Head Start staff face.…

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Compensating Head Start Employees
Mel Gravely
August-18-2022

It’s no secret, there is a shortage of workers in the early childhood education (ECE) sector. Private daycares, public preschools, and Head Starts are all competing for a rapidly dwindling labor pool. And unfortunately, the problem is self-perpetuating. Women, who make up the majority of the early childhood education workforce, need childcare to attend work.…

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Integrating Sign Language into the Head Start Classroom
Mel Gravely
July-30-2022

This blog was provided by Dr. Michael Hubler, Social-Emotional Learning Specialist, and Lillian Hubler, Founder and President of Time to Sign (The Sign Language Education Experts – Time to Sign) for over 20 years. Dr. Hubler was the Executive Director of the Outstanding Minority Education Institution for the State of Florida and the Outstanding Humanitarian…

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Helping Families to Support Positive Behaviors
Mel Gravely
July-17-2022

Every month, we receive an email from the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) that includes recent announcements from the Office of Head Start, as well as information on any resources that have been recently posted or updated in the knowledge center. If you don’t receive ECKLC’s emails, we highly recommend signing up. The…

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Embracing Technology for Differentiated Instruction
Mel Gravely
June-14-2022

This blog was provided by Dr. Nermeen Dashoush, Chief Learning Officer at MarcoPolo Learning and Clinical Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. The Gravely Group recently partnered with MarcoPolo Learning on a free webinar titled “How Can Technology Provide Greater Access for Families?” A big part…

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Families that are Categorically Eligible to Enroll in Head Start
Mel Gravely
May-17-2022

A month ago, Head Start released a memo stating that families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are now categorically eligible for Head Start. What that means is that if families can provide documentation of their eligibility for SNAP benefits, they are automatically eligible to be enrolled in Head Start. They do not need…

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Back to Basics: Nutrition in Head Start
Mel Gravely
March-14-2022

In Columbus, Ohio, where The Gravely Group is located, the city council voted last week to remove the city-wide mask mandate. Columbus Public School District, Ohio’s largest, did the same, removing any mask requirements for both children and staff. Experts are stating publicly that this might be the beginning of the end of the pandemic,…

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