Head Start program

New York Times: Recompetition is Helping to Increase Head Start Quality
Mel Gravely
11-February-2019

New York Times: Recompetition is Helping to Increase Head Start Quality

The New York Times recently published a story called “Cleaner Classrooms and Rising Scores: With Tighter Oversight, Head Start Shows Gains,” in which it reports that Head Start has seen gains in program quality across the board “more than a decade after Congress imposed new standards” that required “a third of its partners… to compete…

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Head Start Can Provide Structure and Consistency for New Immigrant Families
Mel Gravely
07-December-2018

Head Start Can Provide Structure and Consistency for New Immigrant Families

In 1977, Head Start began its first bilingual and bicultural programs. 40 years later, Head Start continues to build productive relationships with families by respecting and responding appropriately to the culture, language, values, and family structures of each family they work with. In fact, it’s a requirement. Immigration as a policy matter has been a…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Foundation for Professional Growth
Mel Gravely
07-October-2018

Relationship-Based Competencies: Foundation for Professional Growth

We’ve reached the ninth and final installment of our blog series on the nine Relationship-Based Competencies, Foundation for Professional Growth. We hope you’ve enjoyed the series and learned a little bit too! (Click here to read all our blogs in the series ») Maintain Professionalism Professional growth is something that everyone should work towards continuously…

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OHS Announces Supplemental Grant Funds to Help Agencies Increase Program Hours
Mel Gravely
20-September-2018

OHS Announces Supplemental Grant Funds to Help Agencies Increase Program Hours

Ever since the Office of Head Start (OHS) announced the full enrollment initiative in June, we’ve been receiving a lot of questions about what kind of support Head Start will provide at the federal level to help programs get closer to the goal of full enrollment. We’re starting to see those questions get answered. OHS…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Data-Driven Services and Continuous Improvement
Mel Gravely
05-September-2018

Relationship-Based Competencies: Data-Driven Services and Continuous Improvement

The eighth relationship-based competency in our blog series is Data-Driven Services and Continuous Improvement. Every Head Start and Early Head Start program should be collecting and analyzing data on a regular basis to find new solutions to challenges as part of an ongoing effort to continuously improve services for the community that they are working…

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Head Start Program Again Facing Threats at the National Level
Mel Gravely
26-June-2018

Head Start Program Again Facing Threats at the National Level

We recently received an email from the National Head Start Association (NHSA), detailing the “latest threats to Head Start that are coming out of D.C.” For those of us who have served Head Start for many years, we are probably thinking, “Well, here we go again.” This is hardly the first time Head Start has…

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OHS Announces Full Enrollment Initiative
Mel Gravely
12-June-2018

OHS Announces Full Enrollment Initiative

Last week, Office of Head Start (OHS) issued a program instruction on its website called the “Full Enrollment Initiative.” In it, OHS details its plans to ensure that each Head Start designee “enroll 100 percent of its funded enrollment and maintain active waiting lists at all times with ongoing outreach to the community and activities…

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The Rich History of Head Start During the 1970s
Mel Gravely
01-September-2017

The Rich History of Head Start During the 1970s

The 1970s were a transformative time for the still young Head Start program, which started only a few years earlier. In 1970, The Parent Involvement Guidelines, commonly referred to as 70.2, solidified the important role of parents in Head Start. An excerpt from 70.2 reads: “Project Head Start must continue to discover new ways for…

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Four Components of Head Start
Mel Gravely
30-June-2017

Four Components of Head Start

Head Start takes a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of young children, also sometimes referred to as servicing the “whole child.” This can include providing a wide array of social support for children and their families, from nutrition and physical activity, to connecting them with social services provided by other agencies, like job training…

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Webinar Recap: How Race, Ethnicity, and Location Influence Children’s Access to Early Childhood Education (Part 3)
Mel Gravely
06-June-2017

Webinar Recap: How Race, Ethnicity, and Location Influence Children’s Access to Early Childhood Education (Part 3)

This is Part Three in our series about the webinar “Race and Place Matter: Head Start and CCDBG Access by Race, Ethnicity, and Location.” In Part One, we examined a study by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and found that low-income children’s access to early childhood development opportunities vary by race, ethnicity,…

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