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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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Data Highlights Need for High Quality Pre-School for Everyone
Mel Gravely
18-April-2016

Data Highlights Need for High Quality Pre-School for Everyone

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal highlights a serious issue regarding the cost of full-time daycare or preschool. In nearly half of the country, it is now more expensive to send a 4-year-old to preschool than it is to send an 18-year-old to college. According to a report from the Economic Policy Institute…

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NAACP and NHSA Announce Joint Initiative to Help Empower Families
Mel Gravely
07-March-2016

NAACP and NHSA Announce Joint Initiative to Help Empower Families

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Head Start Association (NHSA) recently announced a “historic joint initiative” in which the two associations will work together to empower Head Start families and provide them with crucial information through multiple directives. The Memorandum of Understanding will utilize Head Start’s comprehensive, two…

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Lessons We’ve Learned from Recompetition, and NHSA’s Suggestions for Improvement
Mel Gravely
11-November-2015

Lessons We’ve Learned from Recompetition, and NHSA’s Suggestions for Improvement

Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of the National Head Start Association (NHSA), recently penned a blog for The Huffington Post’s Education section, called “Head Start Designation Renewal System 2.0.” In it, Vinci discusses some of the lessons we’ve learned after three rounds of designation renewal, and talks about NHSA’s recommendations for improving the system. The entire…

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Getting Back into the Swing of Things
Mel Gravely
12-August-2015

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

So it’s that time of year again… Back to school! Are you prepared to have a successful school year? The Gravely Group is looking forward to working with you this year. Here five tips to ensure a productive program with your Early/Head Start children and families: Reflect on the Past: Experience is the ultimate learning…

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