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What is Head Start’s New “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging” Initiative?

Mel Gravely, M.S. and Dr. Desiree Del-Zio, Ed.D, researched the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI&B) initiative and monitored hundreds of program practices meant to achieve the D.E.I.&B federal expectations. The Gravely Group is now offering a day-long, in-depth and immersive learning experience to understand these federal expectations better. In this training, Head Start leaders…

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The Gravely Group 2022 Year in Review

If you only read one of The Gravely Group’s blogs each year, our annual Year in Review should be it. Each year, we do a recap of all the articles we put out throughout the year, as well as give a few other highlights from our trainings and travels. After nearly three years of uncertainty,…

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What are the Focus Area One and Focus Area Two Monitoring Reviews?

The Head Start Act section 641A outlines that the Secretary of Health and Human Services is responsible for promoting a comprehensive federal monitoring and oversight system. The system must assess program compliance with regulations applicable to Head Start programs. These regulations include regulatory requirements documented in the Head Start Program Performance Standards, the Head Start…

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Supporting the Mental Health of Head Start Staff

Earlier this past summer, the National Head Start Association (NHSA) announced a new initiative for supporting the mental health of the staff within its member programs. In a press release at the time, NHSA explained that the initiative is meant to address the “unique set of difficult and challenging stressors” that Head Start staff face.…

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Compensating Head Start Employees

Read our latest update on this topic: Federal Government Steps up Efforts to Increase Wages for Early Childhood Education Workforce It’s no secret, there is a shortage of workers in the early childhood education (ECE) sector. Private daycares, public preschools, and Head Starts are all competing for a rapidly dwindling labor pool. And unfortunately, the…

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Integrating Sign Language into the Head Start Classroom

This blog was provided by Dr. Michael Hubler, Social-Emotional Learning Specialist, and Lillian Hubler, Founder and President of Time to Sign (The Sign Language Education Experts – Time to Sign) for over 20 years. Dr. Hubler was the Executive Director of the Outstanding Minority Education Institution for the State of Florida and the Outstanding Humanitarian…

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Helping Families to Support Positive Behaviors

Every month, we receive an email from the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) that includes recent announcements from the Office of Head Start, as well as information on any resources that have been recently posted or updated in the knowledge center. If you don’t receive ECKLC’s emails, we highly recommend signing up. The…

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Embracing Technology for Differentiated Instruction

This blog was provided by Dr. Nermeen Dashoush, Chief Learning Officer at MarcoPolo Learning and Clinical Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. The Gravely Group recently partnered with MarcoPolo Learning on a free webinar titled “How Can Technology Provide Greater Access for Families?” A big part…

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