Head Start Training

Understanding the Importance of the Nine Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies
Mel Gravely
29-April-2018

Understanding the Importance of the Nine Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies

Over the next couple months, we will be doing a blog series on the nine Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies, focusing on a different competency each week. But before we can dive in on each individual competency, we’d first like to define the overall structure and purpose of the relationship-based competencies, and why they’re important for…

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Using Training as a Means to Increase Parent Involvement
Mel Gravely
15-February-2017

Using Training as a Means to Increase Parent Involvement

Parent Participation is Essential The skill to manage ideas and motivate people to action is perhaps the most critical asset to any Head Start program. As we know, parent participation is essential to successful program outcomes, however, it’s not always easy to get parents involved. That’s why upfront and ongoing training, especially when it relates…

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VIDEO: Obstacles that Head Start Boards Face
Mel Gravely
12-January-2017

VIDEO: Obstacles that Head Start Boards Face

One of the major obstacles that Head Start boards face is that they don’t understand the mission and history of Head Start, which makes it more difficult to understand the Program Governance function from the legal and fiscal responsibility, and how as a Board, they are involved in the overseeing of the program. That’s why…

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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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Training Your Governing Body and Policy Council
Mel Gravely
09-November-2016

Training Your Governing Body and Policy Council

Training takes front and center stage in Head Start. In order to run a fully compliant Head Start program, I’m sure you’ve realized by now that plenty of training is needed. What does the governing body need to know? In Part 1301.5, I quote “An agency must provide appropriate training and technical assistance or orientation…

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LGMS Protocol Key Performance Area #4 – Evaluating Performance and Stimulating Ongoing Improvement
Mel Gravely
15-February-2016

LGMS Protocol Key Performance Area #4 – Evaluating Performance and Stimulating Ongoing Improvement

This is the fifth part in our five-part series about the FY2016 Leadership, Governance and Management Systems Protocol. The fourth and final Key Performance Area in the Protocol relies on assessing program data, and modifying the action plan based on that data and communicating progress. Head Start’s ability to assess progress and to stimulate any…

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LGMS Protocol Key Performance Area #3 – Operating and Implementing the Program
Mel Gravely
12-February-2016

LGMS Protocol Key Performance Area #3 – Operating and Implementing the Program

This is the fourth part in our five-part series about the FY2016 Leadership, Governance and Management Systems Protocol. This Key Performance Area focuses primarily on the day-to-day operation of your Head Start program. It includes the supervision and support of staff, internal and external communications, and service delivery. A fundamental key to this KPA is…

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LGMS Protocol Key Performance Area #2 – Developing & Organizing Resources
Mel Gravely
06-February-2016

LGMS Protocol Key Performance Area #2 – Developing & Organizing Resources

This is the third part in our five-part series about the FY2016 Leadership, Governance and Management Systems Protocol. In KPA #1 (Program Planning), the grantee should be able to accurately define and describe its plans and goals. In the second KPA, a Head Start agency should develop and organize resources to achieve the goals set…

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LGMS Protocol Key Performance Area #1 – Program Planning
Mel Gravely
02-February-2016

LGMS Protocol Key Performance Area #1 – Program Planning

This is the second part in our five-part series about the FY2016 Leadership, Governance and Management Systems Protocol. Exactly how will your Head Start program deliver a quality, comprehensive service to children and families? A stable base of program planning ensures that your Head Start program will be a dynamic force within the community. An…

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Four Reasons Why ERSEA Training Is Important for Your Program
Mel Gravely
02-November-2015

Four Reasons Why ERSEA Training Is Important for Your Program

As Head Start and Early Head Start move forward in programming designs, The Gravely Group is determined to give you some suggestions to ensure your program is on the right path when it comes to ERSEA. 1. ERSEA in Head Start and Early Head Start programs is everybody‚Äôs job. We believe that it is not…

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