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How Head Start is Serving Essential Farmworkers during the Pandemic and Beyond
Mel Gravely
02-February-2021

How Head Start is Serving Essential Farmworkers during the Pandemic and Beyond

The Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Resilience Center is a program under the umbrella of the Atlantic Council, a international affairs think tank. The program focuses on issues of climate change, migration and security. In December, it published an article titled “Migration Matters: Serving Essential Farmworkers During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” They write that migrant farmworker communities across the…

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Interruptions in Early Education Can Affect Development and School Readiness
Mel Gravely
11-January-2021

Interruptions in Early Education Can Affect Development and School Readiness

Although many of us will luckily never experience the symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, many more of us will bear the burden of its ancillary effects. Because of staff and student cut-backs, schools closing completely, lack of access to materials for remote learning, and the flaws in remote learning, children and teenagers of all ages…

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How COVID-19 is Affecting Regular Health Screening for Head Start Children
Mel Gravely
07-December-2020

How COVID-19 is Affecting Regular Health Screening for Head Start Children

To understand the effects of the pandemic on medical care, researchers with the COVID-19 Outbreak Public Evaluation Initiative (COPE Initiative) developed a web-based survey that asked respondents if they had delayed or avoided medical care due to concerns related to COVID-19. The COPE Initiative is a public-private partnership between the Centers for Disease Control, universities,…

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President-Elect Joe Biden’s Plan for Early Childhood Education
Mel Gravely
16-November-2020

President-Elect Joe Biden’s Plan for Early Childhood Education

My hope is if there’s one silver lining from this pandemic, it’s that parents of young children will never take the work of early childhood education teachers and caregivers for granted ever again. This past Spring, as public school systems, private daycares, and Head Start programs began to shutter their doors to protect the health…

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Making sure your facilities are safe to reopen
Mel Gravely
28-October-2020

Making sure your facilities are safe to reopen

When reopening your building after a prolonged shutdown, whether it was due to a natural disaster or a reduction in operations because of the pandemic, you’ll want to consider a few things to ensure the health and safety of staff and students. In September, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released recommendations for businesses and…

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OHS Announces Update to Designation Renewal System
Mel Gravely
16-October-2020

OHS Announces Update to Designation Renewal System

Starting October 27, 2020, a new rule governing the Head Start Designation Renewal System (DRS) will go into effect. The Office of Head Start (OHS) states that the new rule will reduce the burden on high-performing grantees and focus on better identifying the lowest-performing grantees. The Designation Renewal System was first launched in late 2011,…

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What to Expect this Upcoming Program Year (2020-2021)
Mel Gravely
04-September-2020

What to Expect this Upcoming Program Year (2020-2021)

At the end of last spring’s program year the country shut down based on expert advice on public health and safety. Programs moved to a virtual format and classrooms cleared out, but this did not mean that Head Start programs closed. Despite the dramatic change in procedures that the emergency inflicted, staff adapted and continued…

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What to Consider Before Reopening Your Head Start Center
Mel Gravely
09-August-2020

What to Consider Before Reopening Your Head Start Center

As we come around to the end of the summer, and the time of year again where we begin preparing for children to go back to school, there are many things to consider amid the COVID-19 crisis. Although many of the policies and procedures necessary for caring for children and staff during the pandemic should…

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Strategies to Help Children Cope with the Covid-19 Pandemic
Mel Gravely
09-July-2020

Strategies to Help Children Cope with the Covid-19 Pandemic

I recently listened to a new webinar from the Office of Head Start (OHS) titled, “Helping Children Thrive During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” In it, OHS Director, Dr. Deborah Bergeron is joined by OHS mental health lead, Dr. Sangeeta Parikshak, to discuss ways that we can help children make sense about what is happening around them…

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OHS Announces Additional Funding & Flexibility for Head Start during COVID-19
Mel Gravely
16-June-2020

OHS Announces Additional Funding & Flexibility for Head Start during COVID-19

Last week, we watched a recorded webinar called “Fiscal Management During the COVID-19 Emergency.” The webinar, which first aired on May 22, featured Office of Head Start (OHS) Director, Dr. Deborah Bergeron, explaining the additional funding available through the CARES Act and how that funding will be distributed in the coming months. She opened the…

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