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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 to Consider Before Reopening Your Head Start Center
Mel Gravely
August-09-2020

As we come around to the end of the summer, and the time of year again where we begin preparing for children to go back to school, there are many things to consider amid the COVID-19 crisis. Although many of the policies and procedures necessary for caring for children and staff during the pandemic should…

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Strategies to Help Children Cope with the Covid-19 Pandemic
Mel Gravely
July-09-2020

I recently listened to a new webinar from the Office of Head Start (OHS) titled, “Helping Children Thrive During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” In it, OHS Director, Dr. Deborah Bergeron is joined by OHS mental health lead, Dr. Sangeeta Parikshak, to discuss ways that we can help children make sense about what is happening around them…

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Developing Marketing Materials Specifically for Father Engagement
Mel Gravely
July-02-2020

The learning and growth of a child can be attributed to the involvement and engagement of both the mother and the father. When a child is able to experience both parent’s perspectives, they benefit from the wonderful balance that takes place. Engaging males can be a tremendous task, but we need it for our children.…

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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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