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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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How to Hire a Head Start Consultant: An Update for the Post-COVID era
Mel Gravely
07-June-2021

How to Hire a Head Start Consultant: An Update for the Post-COVID era

Way back in 2013, we wrote a blog called “How to Hire a Head Start Consultant.” In it, we outlined some of the major reasons your program might consider hiring an outside consultant, including filling gaps in expertise amongst your staff, as well as the benefit of an outsider without preconceived notions that can help…

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Is your ERSEA strategy ready for post-COVID?
Mel Gravely
09-March-2021

Is your ERSEA strategy ready for post-COVID?

Whether we like it or not, some parents will always consider Head Start free babysitting. We can educate parents on the history of Head Start, talk about its focus on the whole child, and espouse its many other benefits. But no matter what, there will always be some parents who are just looking for an…

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Inviting Head Start Families as Co-Trainers
Mel Gravely
27-April-2020

Inviting Head Start Families as Co-Trainers

Parents are often the most powerful leaders for change. Why is that? Well, it just so happens that effective parenting skills have a lot in common with effective leadership skills. Parents use powerful and complex leadership skills and abilities as they manage their households every day and guide their children in the little and big…

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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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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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