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Head Start Story: Paulette R. Pipkin

The Gravely Group recently met Paulette Pipkin at the 14th Annual Fatherhood Conference for the South Carolina State Head Start Association (SCSHSA). Ms. Pipkin is founder of FamEd Consulting, a family engagement planning consultant for early childhood educators. * She is also a graduate of Head Start herself.  As we learned more about her background,…

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The Significance of Board Training for Head Start Success

Head Start programs cannot thrive without the leadership of a well-functioning board. Without a clear and strategic organizational direction that supports the agency’s efforts to navigate challenges and fulfill its responsibilities, an agency may fall off track and ultimately find its funding in jeopardy.  Simply put, board governance issues can impact the entire mission of…

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Getting Back to Full Enrollment

So your Head Start Agency has received an Underenrollment Letter. Now what? The Office of Head Start (OHS) first announced its Full Enrollment Initiative in June 2018. In its announcement, OHS emphasized that full enrollment is the law. Section 642(g) of the Head Start Act states that “each Head Start agency shall enroll 100 percent…

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Screen Time and Young Children: A Guide for Head Start Educators

It’s three weeks into the new year. Time for a reality check. How are you doing on your new year’s resolutions? Did you resolve to lose weight, save money, or exercise more? Those three have long topped surveys of Americans that make resolutions. However, there’s one growing resolution that is a distinctly more modern problem:…

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The Gravely Group 2023 Year in Review

Every year, The Gravely Group posts a Year in Review of all the top stories from The Gravely Group, as well as some of the top news for Head Start nationwide. In 2023, there were two big themes from The Gravely Group and Head Start: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEI&B) and Safety. Let’s start…

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Updates to the Head Start Federal Monitoring Reviews for FY2024

The Gravely Group first introduced our FA1 and FA2 Monitoring Review trainings just about a year ago. Since then, we have helped several grantee agencies prepare for their monitoring reviews by explaining the entire process and helping them create “review-ready” systems and plans. In Fiscal Year 2024, the Office of Head Start (OHS) is back…

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Enhancing Safe Practices in Your Head Start Program

In September 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG), released the following report: ACF Should Improve Oversight of Head Start to Better Protect Children’s Safety. In this 40-page report, the Inspector General found that nearly one in four Head Start grantees received an adverse finding from the Administration…

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