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The Gravely Group 2022 Year in Review
Mel Gravely
05-December-2022

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?
Mel Gravely
02-November-2022

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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Back to Basics: Nutrition in Head Start
Mel Gravely
14-March-2022

Back to Basics: Nutrition in Head Start

In Columbus, Ohio, where The Gravely Group is located, the city council voted last week to remove the city-wide mask mandate. Columbus Public School District, Ohio’s largest, did the same, removing any mask requirements for both children and staff. Experts are stating publicly that this might be the beginning of the end of the pandemic,…

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What Education Levels are Required for Head Start Staff?
Mel Gravely
09-July-2019

What Education Levels are Required for Head Start Staff?

Head Start wants to ensure that the staff and teachers who are serving local families have the appropriate education to do so. The Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) hosts a series of briefs that outlines all the educational requirements for the majority of Head Start staff positions, everything from Executive Directors to Home…

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Serving Foster Children in Head Start
Mel Gravely
12-April-2019

Serving Foster Children in Head Start

I have a special place in my heart for foster children, having been a foster parent myself for many years. Foster children can often feel like the world has forgotten them, as the many adults around them are busy navigating the complex bureaucratic web that is the foster care system. While we all mean well,…

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Compliance for Background Checks and QRIS Delayed until September 2019
Mel Gravely
28-October-2018

Compliance for Background Checks and QRIS Delayed until September 2019

Office of Head Start (OHS) recently announced an update which will delay compliance requirements for background checks and the Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) until September 30, 2019. Under the initial rule, programs were required to comply by September 2017, which was delayed until September 2018. The summary from the updated rule reads: “The…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Family Access to Community Resources
Mel Gravely
27-July-2018

Relationship-Based Competencies: Family Access to Community Resources

The sixth relationship based competency is family access to community resources. Know what Resources are Available For a program to be successful in connecting families to local resources, they first have to know what resources their community offers. Head Start and Early Head Start (HS/EHS) staff need to have extensive knowledge of social services programs,…

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Serving Homeless Children in Head Start
Mel Gravely
16-July-2018

Serving Homeless Children in Head Start

Children in temporary housing (often combined into one group using the catch-all term “homeless”) are one of the most difficult to serve populations for early childhood education programs.  According to a document by the New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students (NYS-TEACHS), children in temporary housing are half as likely to…

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ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Improving Head Start Attendance
Mel Gravely
12-March-2018

ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Improving Head Start Attendance

In our final installment of the ERSEA Cheat Sheet series, we will talk about Attendance. Attendance is an ongoing activity, requiring regular monitoring and an all hands on deck mentality. As with all of the steps of ERSEA, the important part is to have a plan. How will you encourage regular attendance? And how will…

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ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Smoothing the Enrollment Process
Mel Gravely
04-March-2018

ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Smoothing the Enrollment Process

Do you find that enrolling a child in Head Start takes a lot of work? Here are some ways that you can make the process smoother in you program. Have a good waiting list Having a good waiting list is the first step, so when a child leaves unexpectedly, you have a few children ready…

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