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The African American Boys Project: Implementing Culturally Responsive, Strength-Based Practices
Mel Gravely
16-September-2021

The African American Boys Project: Implementing Culturally Responsive, Strength-Based Practices

This is the fourth and final blog in our series on the OHS publication Supporting School Readiness and Success of Young African American Boys Project. In our first three blogs, we talked about the origins of the project, defined the culturally responsive lens, and talked about why it focuses on African American boys in the…

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The African American Boys Project: Understanding Young African American Boys
Mel Gravely
03-September-2021

The African American Boys Project: Understanding Young African American Boys

This is the third blog in our four-part series on the training document, Supporting School Readiness and Success in African American Boys Project. In our first blog of the series, “An Introduction to the “Supporting the School Readiness and Success of African American Boys Project’’, we discussed how the Office of Head Start’s National Center…

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The African American Boys Project: The Culturally Responsive Lens
Mel Gravely
14-August-2021

The African American Boys Project: The Culturally Responsive Lens

This is the second blog in our four-part series on the training document, Supporting School Readiness and Success in African American Boys Project. In our first blog of the series, “An Introduction to the “Supporting the School Readiness and Success of African American Boys Project,” we mentioned the Culturally Responsive Strength-Based (CRSB) Framework. It’s this…

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An Introduction to the “Supporting the School Readiness and Success of African American Boys Project”
Mel Gravely
12-August-2021

An Introduction to the “Supporting the School Readiness and Success of African American Boys Project”

I’m always surprised at the breadth and depth of information available at the Office of Head Start’s (OHS) Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECKLC). If you have a question or a problem, chances are there’s a document or resource available that can help. I came across one such document in an email from ECKLC…

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OHS Releases Enrollment Expectations for 2021-2022 School Year
Mel Gravely
17-June-2021

OHS Releases Enrollment Expectations for 2021-2022 School Year

Summer is the time for planning. And after the confusion and societal upheaval of the last year, this upcoming school year is going to take more planning than usual. The Office of Head Start (OHS) recently released a program instruction outlining their enrollment expectations for the upcoming school year. In short, it states that designees…

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American Rescue Plan to Provide Additional Support for Head Start Programs, Families
Mel Gravely
13-April-2021

American Rescue Plan to Provide Additional Support for Head Start Programs, Families

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) was signed into law early last month by President Joe Biden, and will provide direct support and greater access to benefits for children and families struggling financially during the pandemic. Out of the $1.9 trillion passed through legislation, $1 billion will go to Head Start and Early Head Start programs…

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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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