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Health Care for Every Child in Head Start
melgravely
September-11-2017
Health Care for Every Child in Head Start

Two places in the Head Start Performance Standards that talk about guiding families with health insurance and Healthcare: 1302.42 Child health status and care. (a) Source of health care. (1) A program, within 30 calendar days after the child first attends the program or, for the home-based program option, receives a home visit, must consult…

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The Rich History of Head Start During the 1970s
melgravely
September-01-2017
The Rich History of Head Start During the 1970s

The 1970s were a transformative time for the still young Head Start program, which started only a few years earlier. In 1970, The Parent Involvement Guidelines, commonly referred to as 70.2, solidified the important role of parents in Head Start. An excerpt from 70.2 reads: “Project Head Start must continue to discover new ways for…

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Handling Medical Emergencies in Head Start
melgravely
August-23-2017
Handling Medical Emergencies in Head Start

“His face is blowing up!” “Call 911! There’s tons of blood!” “She’s fainting!” These situations are every early childhood director’s nightmare. Head Start staff, however, is prepared for this possibility. Medical emergencies can happen because of injuries, chronic health conditions, or unexpected major illness. No matter how bad the injury, keeping a clear head can…

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The Importance of Health Program Services in Head Start
melgravely
August-09-2017
The Importance of Health Program Services in Head Start

A child with health problems, whether oral, mental or nutrition concerns, will have difficulty learning. That’s why it’s up to us, Head Start staff, to provide the high-quality health services, that will help each child grow. According to section 1302.40 (a) of Head Start Performance Standards: “A program must provide high-quality health, oral health, mental…

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The Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
melgravely
August-01-2017
The Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework

The Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five (HSELOF, 2015) replaces the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework (HSCDELF, 2010). The new framework is designed to show the continuum of learning of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. It is grounded in comprehensive research around what young children should know and be…

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Why is Parent Involvement so Important?
melgravely
July-12-2017
Why is Parent Involvement so Important?

Research has shown the more parents are involved in their children’s education; the better off their kids will be – emotionally and academically. Its focus on parent involvement is considered one of the main reasons that Head Start has been so successful for so many years. Parent Involvement is also considered to be one of…

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Four Components of Head Start
melgravely
June-30-2017
Four Components of Head Start

Head Start takes a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of young children, also sometimes referred to as servicing the “whole child.” This can include providing a wide array of social support for children and their families, from nutrition and physical activity, to connecting them with social services provided by other agencies, like job training…

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Client Testimonial: West Ohio Community Action Partnership (VIDEO)
melgravely
June-26-2017
Client Testimonial: West Ohio Community Action Partnership (VIDEO)

We are always getting mail from our workshop participants and we love it. It’s almost like getting fan mail! We recently received a letter from Jacqueline with the West Ohio Community Action Partnership our of Lima, Ohio. Dear Mr Gravely, It is my pleasure to write this letter of reference for you. based on the…

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Five Fun Things to do with Children during the Summer Months
melgravely
June-12-2017
Five Fun Things to do with Children during the Summer Months

It’s summer — that time of year when Head Start teachers bid farewell to children, hoping their gleefully escaping learners don’t forget everything they’ve learned during the program year. It’s also the time of year when nervous parents take on the challenge of keeping their children physically busy and mentally active during long summer days.…

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Webinar Recap: How Race, Ethnicity, and Location Influence Children’s Access to Early Childhood Education (Part 3)
melgravely
June-06-2017
Webinar Recap: How Race, Ethnicity, and Location Influence Children’s Access to Early Childhood Education (Part 3)

This is Part Three in our series about the webinar “Race and Place Matter: Head Start and CCDBG Access by Race, Ethnicity, and Location.” In Part One, we examined a study by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and found that low-income children’s access to early childhood development opportunities vary by race, ethnicity,…

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