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Advisory Committees: Are you in?
Mel Gravely
30-January-2017

Advisory Committees: Are you in?

One new and exciting part of the new Head Start Performance Standards is a section on Advisory Committees. Now remember, this is still part of the program governance section – 1301.2 Governing Body (aka your board). I quote: “Advisory committees. (1) A governing body may establish advisory committees as it deems necessary for effective governance…

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VIDEO: Obstacles that Head Start Boards Face
Mel Gravely
12-January-2017

VIDEO: Obstacles that Head Start Boards Face

One of the major obstacles that Head Start boards face is that they don’t understand the mission and history of Head Start, which makes it more difficult to understand the Program Governance function from the legal and fiscal responsibility, and how as a Board, they are involved in the overseeing of the program. That’s why…

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The Financial Oversight Responsibilities of a Non-Profit Board of Directors
Mel Gravely
07-January-2017

The Financial Oversight Responsibilities of a Non-Profit Board of Directors

The financial oversight responsibilities of a non-profit Board of Directors is to ensure that systems are in place to develop and safeguard the organization’s finances. In many cases, funders will want to know that an agency’s board is competent to oversee large grants and federal funds. As the ultimate authority over a non-profit’s mission, the…

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2016 Year in Review
Mel Gravely
14-December-2016

2016 Year in Review

2016 was another roller coaster year for Head Start programs. In November, the finalized changes to the Head Start Performance Standards took effect. Many changes have a schedule of implementation, with the most impactful change – providing full school days to 100% of slots – expected to be in place by 2021. There were also…

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To Do List for Your Policy Council
Mel Gravely
10-December-2016

To Do List for Your Policy Council

The new Head Start Performance Standards didn’t change much on the area of the policy council/committees. Since this was already revised in the Head start Act, it largely remained the same. Establishing policy councils and policy committees. “Each agency must establish and maintain a policy council responsible for the direction of the Head Start program…

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Mel Gravely
14-November-2016

Video: Introduction to The Gravely Group Program Governance Training

The Gravely Group is an experienced national consulting firm that provides innovative technical assistance for board, program professionals and parents of Head Start and Early Head Start agencies across the county. Watch our new video! The knowledgeable and experienced consultants at The Gravely Group provide specific technical assistance to assist organizations in program design and…

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Training Your Governing Body and Policy Council
Mel Gravely
09-November-2016

Training Your Governing Body and Policy Council

Training takes front and center stage in Head Start. In order to run a fully compliant Head Start program, I’m sure you’ve realized by now that plenty of training is needed. What does the governing body need to know? In Part 1301.5, I quote “An agency must provide appropriate training and technical assistance or orientation…

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Four Reasons to Vote
Mel Gravely
07-November-2016

Four Reasons to Vote

Are you ready to vote? We believe at The Gravely Group that decisions are made by those who show up. Our country is a beacon of liberty for the rest of the world. It is time to stand up and be counted. We will never express our political opinions on this blog, but we want…

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Parent Committees Are Here to Stay
Mel Gravely
13-October-2016

Parent Committees Are Here to Stay

So, with much debate and fanfare, the parent committee is back and part of the updated Head Start Performance Standards! Are you excited? “A program must establish a parent committee comprised exclusively of parents of currently enrolled children as early in the program year as possible. This committee must be established at the center level…

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Changes in Head Start Performance Standards as They Apply to ERSEA
Mel Gravely
22-September-2016

Changes in Head Start Performance Standards as They Apply to ERSEA

There aren’t a lot of changes to the ERSEA (Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance) requirements for Head Start in the new Performance Standards. However, there are a few important changes to note. As one of the 10 Head Start Management Systems, ERSEA specifies key elements and requirements to create and maintain a Head Start…

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