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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!

Why Should Parents Serve on Policy Council?
Mel Gravely
April-03-2018
Why Should Parents Serve on Policy Council?

As Head Start professionals, we know that Head Start needs parents’ input to succeed. With new regulations cropping up and in an ever-changing world, the guidance of parents is sorely needed to run a program that meets the needs of the community, the children, and parents. However, when talking with parents and trying to gauge…

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A Personal Head Start Story: Sylvia White
Mel Gravely
March-26-2018
A Personal Head Start Story: Sylvia White

We love to hear stories about how Head Start has changed people’s lives! Below is a story submitted recently on our website about the Head Start program in Lincolnville, South Carolina. If you’re interested in submitting a story for publication on our blog, social media, and e-newsletter, please send it to us! “I attended the…

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Eight Ways to Get and Keep Policy Council Members
Mel Gravely
March-16-2018
Eight Ways to Get and Keep Policy Council Members

People want to have a voice and be part of something bigger than themselves. It’s easy to type a hashtag on social media. It’s a lot harder to effect real change. How can you do that? Head Start programs are based on family engagement. But is it really embedded in your program? Does your program…

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ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Improving Head Start Attendance
Mel Gravely
March-12-2018
ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Improving Head Start Attendance

In our final installment of the ERSEA Cheat Sheet series, we will talk about Attendance. Attendance is an ongoing activity, requiring regular monitoring and an all hands on deck mentality. As with all of the steps of ERSEA, the important part is to have a plan. How will you encourage regular attendance? And how will…

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ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Smoothing the Enrollment Process
Mel Gravely
March-04-2018
ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Smoothing the Enrollment Process

Do you find that enrolling a child in Head Start takes a lot of work? Here are some ways that you can make the process smoother in you program. Have a good waiting list Having a good waiting list is the first step, so when a child leaves unexpectedly, you have a few children ready…

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Client Testimonial: CAP Tulsa
Mel Gravely
February-28-2018
Client Testimonial: CAP Tulsa

We received the following testimonial from CAP Tulsa, for whom we did an ERSEA training this past January. Thank you CAP Tulsa for choosing The Gravely Group! Thank you so much for bringing excitement to ERSEA regulations. The CAP Tulsa Admissions & Recruitment Team was engaged in this training so much more than I have…

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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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