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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!

ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Head Start Selection without Tears
Mel Gravely
February-10-2018
ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Head Start Selection without Tears

If you’re doing a good job with recruitment, selection will be a tough job. Say you have 100 slots, and a waiting list of 200. How can you make your job easier? How can you select the neediest children, without spending all of your workweek on it? Can you avoid the tears and angry phone…

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ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Recruiting the Neediest Children in Head Start
Mel Gravely
February-07-2018
ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Recruiting the Neediest Children in Head Start

As part of our ongoing blog series about ERSEA (Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, Attendance), we’re going to focus on the second part – Recruitment. (See our previous ERSEA cheat sheet blog about Eligibility.) Head Start Performance Standards, section 1302.13, reads: “Recruitment of children. In order to reach those most in need of services, a program…

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Head Start Story: Melody Hedden, from Student to Volunteer to Staff
Mel Gravely
January-29-2018
Head Start Story: Melody Hedden, from Student to Volunteer to Staff

We recently launched a new section on our website called “Share Your Head Start Story.” As part of The Gravely Group’s long-term mission to support Head Start throughout the country, we are gathering some of the inspiring stories of people who attended Head Start since it’s beginning in 1965. These stories will be used as…

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ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Head Start Eligibility
Mel Gravely
January-17-2018
ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Head Start Eligibility

Who is eligible for Head Start services? There are many components to a Head Start Program. Each program may have different options such as home-based, center-based, prenatal program. Eligibility is the longest section in the Performance standards. Yes, it’s that detailed and important! For every family that applies to your program, the first step is…

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Step 1 of ERSEA: The Community Assessment for Your Head Start Program
Mel Gravely
January-15-2018
Step 1 of ERSEA: The Community Assessment for Your Head Start Program

ERSEA is not a task for the faint of heart. In this blog we will review and clarify some ERSEA topics. ERSEA is: Eligibility – Recruitment – Selection – Enrollment – Attendance (see What is ERSEA and Why is it Important to your Head Start Program?). The Head Start Performance Standards begins the ERSEA section…

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Client Testimonial: SCACAP Board Training Retreat
Mel Gravely
January-02-2018
Client Testimonial: SCACAP Board Training Retreat

We thought an appropriate way to start 2018 would be with a client letter. This letter comes from Jessica McMoore, Executive Director of the South Carolina Association of Community Action Partnerships (SCACAP). The Gravely Group CEO, Melvin Gravely, attended the 2017 Statewide Board Training Retreat for the SCACAP in early December 2017. He presented four…

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2017 Year in Review
Mel Gravely
December-13-2017
2017 Year in Review

All things considered, 2017 was a relatively quiet and stable year for Head Start programs. Head Start seemed to be off the radar of the national political debate for the most part, and funding was stable. We saw 2017 as a year of growth and training for programs. Throughout the year, we focused on three…

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5 Reasons for Good Board Development and Training
Mel Gravely
December-12-2017
5 Reasons for Good Board Development and Training

The most effective organizations invest in their boards, and encourage continual learning in the boardroom. But why board training? The Gravely Group works with a diverse range of clients in the early learning industry. Here are five reasons we feel it’s important to have good board development and training. It helps build the board Time…

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Successfully Staffing Your Non-Profit Board
Mel Gravely
November-29-2017
Successfully Staffing Your Non-Profit Board

Serving on a nonprofit board can be immensely rewarding. A common approach to staffing a nonprofit board is to invite seasoned business men and women who want to give back to the community. In this approach, business-savvy executives are expected to leverage their for-profit business success and replicate it at the nonprofit level. However, running…

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Staying Involved Sets the Stage for Your Child’s Success
Mel Gravely
November-14-2017
Staying Involved Sets the Stage for Your Child’s Success

It’s no secret that parenting can sometimes be our toughest job. As parents, we often lose sleep over how to ensure our children’s safety, healthy development, and future success. Study after study suggests that children experience significant developmental benefits when parents are actively involved in their children’s education. Early education programs like Head Start routinely…

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