Head Start Performance Standards

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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ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Head Start Selection without Tears
Mel Gravely
10-February-2018

ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Head Start Selection without Tears

If you’re doing a good job with recruitment, selection will be a tough job. Say you have 100 slots, and a waiting list of 200. How can you make your job easier? How can you select the neediest children, without spending all of your workweek on it? Can you avoid the tears and angry phone…

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ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Recruiting the Neediest Children in Head Start
Mel Gravely
07-February-2018

ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Recruiting the Neediest Children in Head Start

As part of our ongoing blog series about ERSEA (Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, Attendance), we’re going to focus on the second part – Recruitment. (See our previous ERSEA cheat sheet blog about Eligibility.) Head Start Performance Standards, section 1302.13, reads: “Recruitment of children. In order to reach those most in need of services, a program…

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ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Head Start Eligibility
Mel Gravely
17-January-2018

ERSEA Cheat Sheet: Head Start Eligibility

Who is eligible for Head Start services? There are many components to a Head Start Program. Each program may have different options such as home-based, center-based, prenatal program. Eligibility is the longest section in the Performance standards. Yes, it’s that detailed and important! For every family that applies to your program, the first step is…

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Step 1 of ERSEA: The Community Assessment for Your Head Start Program
Mel Gravely
15-January-2018

Step 1 of ERSEA: The Community Assessment for Your Head Start Program

ERSEA is not a task for the faint of heart. In this blog we will review and clarify some ERSEA topics. ERSEA is: Eligibility – Recruitment – Selection – Enrollment – Attendance (see What is ERSEA and Why is it Important to your Head Start Program?). The Head Start Performance Standards begins the ERSEA section…

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