Head Start Program Governance

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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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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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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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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The Role of Advisory Committees in Head Start Program Governance
Mel Gravely
13-July-2016

The Role of Advisory Committees in Head Start Program Governance

Recently, The Gravely Group received an question via email about how organizations can utilize Advisory Committees in their Program Governance Structure. According to the most recent Program Instruction document on Program Governance, Advisory Committees are allowed under the Head Start Act, “to the extent practicable and appropriate, at the discretion of the governing body, establishing…

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Sharing Data to Maximize Impact of Head Start Nationally
Mel Gravely
14-March-2016

Sharing Data to Maximize Impact of Head Start Nationally

Long-term studies that follow children into adulthood have shown that the alumni Head Start are more likely to graduate high school and have better adult life outcomes than similar children who were not in the program. So we can see that Head Start has a positive impact and does work, but how can we maximize…

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Four Reasons Why ERSEA Training Is Important for Your Program
Mel Gravely
02-November-2015

Four Reasons Why ERSEA Training Is Important for Your Program

As Head Start and Early Head Start move forward in programming designs, The Gravely Group is determined to give you some suggestions to ensure your program is on the right path when it comes to ERSEA. 1. ERSEA in Head Start and Early Head Start programs is everybody’s job. We believe that it is not…

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