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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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Webinar Recap: How Race, Ethnicity, and Location Influence Children’s Access to Early Childhood Education (Part 2)
Mel Gravely
26-May-2017

Webinar Recap: How Race, Ethnicity, and Location Influence Children’s Access to Early Childhood Education (Part 2)

This is Part Two 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 the first of three studies explored in the webinar. That study, by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), found that low-income children’s access to…

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Webinar Recap: How Race, Ethnicity, and Location Influence Children’s Access to Early Childhood Education (Part 1)
Mel Gravely
15-May-2017

Webinar Recap: How Race, Ethnicity, and Location Influence Children’s Access to Early Childhood Education (Part 1)

A couple weeks ago, I listened to a powerful webinar called “Race and Place Matter: Head Start and CCDBG Access by Race, Ethnicity, and Location.” According to its description, this webinar “examines neighborhood- and state-level access to Head Start and Child Care by race, ethnicity, and nativity.” This webinar focuses on three separate studies, one…

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‘State(s) of Head Start Report’ Suggests Underfunding a Primary Reason for Differences in Quality between States
Mel Gravely
21-February-2017

‘State(s) of Head Start Report’ Suggests Underfunding a Primary Reason for Differences in Quality between States

In December 2016, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers, studied differences in Head Start quality between states. What the researchers found were wide differences in program funding, quality, and coverage. So much so that only two states, Vermont and Kentucky, scored above what NIEER termed, “a research-based threshold for effective instructional…

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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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