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2015 Year in Review

2015 Head Start Program Highlights

In 2015, agencies continued to celebrate 50 years of Head Start and 20 years of Early Head Start. However, the big story in 2015 was the Proposed Changes to Head Start Performance Standards. This is the first comprehensive overhaul since the standards were first published in 1975, and will affect virtually every aspect of Head Start management.  Released in June 2015 for public comment, the changes will be finalized in 2016 and will likely go into effect in 2017 (see our proposed changes infographic).

In other news, The Office of Head Start announced a new director, Dr. Blanca Estela Enriquez, and several bills were introduced related to Head Start. See below for some of our top stories from 2015.

What You Need to Know about Head Start’s New Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements
Bill Will Require School Districts to have Formal Agreements with Local Head Start Agencies
Congress Proposing Bill Requiring All Head Start Children to be Vaccinated
Lessons We’ve Learned from Recompetition, and NHSA’s Suggestions for Improvement
Resources to Help Grantees Understand Final Rule on Head Start Eligibility

HHS Releases Poverty Guidelines for 2015

2015 The Gravely Group Highlights

The Gravely Group had another successful year, attending several conferences and giving dozens of trainings throughout the United States. Here are just a few highlights.

Client Testimonial: Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Howonquet Early Learning Program
Client Testimonial: Lima Allen Council on Community Affairs
The Governance Institute Program for Florida Head Start Association RECAP
Michigan Head Start Association 24th Annual Training Conference Recap (Photo Gallery)
The Gravely Group Now Offering Our Signature Program Governance Training as a Webinar Series
The Gravely Group provides technical assistance with Early Head Start/Child Care Partnerships

Other Head Start Stories from 2015

We continue to try our best to be a resource for all things Head Start. Here are just a few of the informational pieces we put together for our blog in 2015.

Experts Say Studies on Fade-Out Are Missing the Point
Four Reasons Why Ersea Training is Important for Your Head Start Program
How to Draft Comprehensive Bylaws for Your Board
The Importance of Strategic Planning to Your Head Start Program
Early Head Start Program Governance Structure (Org Charts)
Fostering Collaboration in Head Start Partnerships
Felisa Rincón de Gautier and ‘Las Escuelas Maternales,’ the Early Model for Head Start
Eight Ways to Help Children Transition into Head Start


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