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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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What to expect for Head Start after COVID-19
Mel Gravely
13-May-2020

What to expect for Head Start after COVID-19

September seems so far from now, doesn’t it? Where will things stand at that time? Will school be back in session? Even as states begin cautiously reopening some businesses, schools remain closed. However, most expect that school will be back in session in the fall. But what will that look like? As we try to…

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Encourage Head Start Families to Participate in the 2020 Census
Mel Gravely
13-April-2020

Encourage Head Start Families to Participate in the 2020 Census

Every 10 years, the United States federal government is required to collect an accurate count of all residents of this country. It’s such an important task, that the framers of the U.S. Constitution included it in the first Article: “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within…

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Head Start and COVID-19: What you need to know
Mel Gravely
31-March-2020

Head Start and COVID-19: What you need to know

The current issue of COVID-19 has raised a lot of questions, including the discussion of how it is affecting our schools. More than just classrooms and hallways, for some families school is a haven for their children. Now with the closure of many schools and programs across the country, its left families with the challenge…

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Bringing Focus to Children’s Mental Health in Head Start
Mel Gravely
15-January-2020

Bringing Focus to Children’s Mental Health in Head Start

Canton, Ohio-based attorney Corey Minor Smith is a long-time client, associate, and friend of The Gravely Group. She is a former Head Start parent and Board Member, speaker, and mental health advocate. She has recently written her debut book, titled #Driven, a resource for family and friends that care for a loved one living with…

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October is Head Start Awareness Month
Mel Gravely
04-October-2019

October is Head Start Awareness Month

October 2014 seems like just yesterday, when programs across the country were engaging with their local media to celebrate 50 years of Head Start. While this October might not have the same big 50 year milestone, it’s still worth noting that, as one of the longest-running anti-poverty programs in US history, the history and purpose…

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OHS updates policy regarding programs affected by natural disasters
Mel Gravely
25-March-2019

OHS updates policy regarding programs affected by natural disasters

In 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. In 2018, California experienced the deadliest wildfires in its history. Just this month, portions of the Midwest suffered some of the worst flooding in living memory. When faced with the fallout from natural disasters, it’s the community-based institutions that serve the local residents everyday who are in the…

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