Head Start Official Structure

Understanding the Importance of the Nine Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies
Mel Gravely
29-April-2018

Understanding the Importance of the Nine Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies

Over the next couple months, we will be doing a blog series on the nine Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies, focusing on a different competency each week. But before we can dive in on each individual competency, we’d first like to define the overall structure and purpose of the relationship-based competencies, and why they’re important for…

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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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Benefits of Head Start Program Governance Training
Mel Gravely
08-August-2016

Benefits of Head Start Program Governance Training

You may ask what the benefits are of familiarizing Staff and Policy Council with the Head Start Act 2007 and the Program Governance. First, the Performance Standards was published in 1974 and revised in 1996 and again in 2015, with the most recent proposed changes scheduled to take effect in school year 2017.  The Performance…

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What are the 10 Head Start Management Systems and Why Do They Matter? (Part 2)
Mel Gravely
31-March-2014

What are the 10 Head Start Management Systems and Why Do They Matter? (Part 2)

A system is a set of interacting or interdependent components forming an integrated whole. In the second part of our two-part blog, What are the 10 Head Start Management Systems and Why Do They Matter?, we want to connect the quality of the 10 management systems to the quality of Head Start programs as a…

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What are the 10 Head Start Management Systems and Why Do They Matter? (Part 1)
Mel Gravely
17-March-2014

What are the 10 Head Start Management Systems and Why Do They Matter? (Part 1)

On the National Head Start Association website, there is a somewhat hidden presentation titled “Leading Head Start through a Management Systems Lens.” This presentation, given during the Head Start Manager and Director Academy in June 2012,  outlines the 10 key Head Start management systems and aims to 1. Make managers aware of the systems and…

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Non-Federal Share Requirements for Head Start Agencies
Mel Gravely
04-March-2014

Non-Federal Share Requirements for Head Start Agencies

At the Gravely Group, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about the non-federal share requirements for Head Start agencies. On the federal Head Start website, it states: The Head Start Act stipulates that the Federal share of the total costs of the Head Start program will not exceed 80 percent of the total grantee…

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How to Hire a Head Start Consultant
Mel Gravely
03-June-2013

How to Hire a Head Start Consultant

At some time or another, a Head Start program may decide that the problem they’re facing needs the expertise and advice of an outside consultant. Consultants play an important part of any successful Head Start program and can help bring lasting change and quality improvements to a program. The Strategic Use of Consultants Guide was…

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How to Recruit, Develop, and Maintain a Strong Head Start Governing Body
Mel Gravely
08-March-2013

How to Recruit, Develop, and Maintain a Strong Head Start Governing Body

“The Board of Directors bears the primary responsibility for your organization to fulfill its obligations to the law, its donors, its staff and volunteers, its clients, and the public at large.” – Principle for Good Governance and Ethical Practice. The Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, October 2007. “There is great difference between sitting on a…

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Dr. Zigler, the “Father of Head Start,” and a Sliding Fee Scale
Mel Gravely
15-October-2012

Dr. Zigler, the “Father of Head Start,” and a Sliding Fee Scale

A few months ago in my blog post “Integration and Multiculturalism within Your Head Start Classroom,” I hoped to open a can of worms on the topic of socioeconomic integration in the classroom. However, I was disappointed with the lack of response. While many Head Start programs advocate for multiculturalism, even going so far as…

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The Importance of a Head Start Agency’s Mission Statement
Mel Gravely
09-October-2012

The Importance of a Head Start Agency’s Mission Statement

Do you know your agency’s mission statement? Do you know where to find it if you don’t? Can you name the objectives laid out in the original mission of Head Start? I ask this question in many of my trainings. The majority of the time, participants cannot recite their agency’s mission statement (also commonly referred…

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