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Head Start and Sesame Street are natural partners
Mel Gravely
14-March-2019

Head Start and Sesame Street are natural partners

We received an email from the ECLKC a couple weeks ago, which promoted their February vlog titled “Home is Where the Love Is: Homelessness, Children and Families.” In that vlog, Dr. Deborah Bergeron, the Director of Head Start, visits the iconic Sesame Street studios to talk to Kama Einhorn, creator of Lily, a muppet character…

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Head Start Can Provide Structure and Consistency for New Immigrant Families
Mel Gravely
07-December-2018

Head Start Can Provide Structure and Consistency for New Immigrant Families

In 1977, Head Start began its first bilingual and bicultural programs. 40 years later, Head Start continues to build productive relationships with families by respecting and responding appropriately to the culture, language, values, and family structures of each family they work with. In fact, it’s a requirement. Immigration as a policy matter has been a…

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Driving Engagement with Social Media in Your Head Start Program
Mel Gravely
26-November-2018

Driving Engagement with Social Media in Your Head Start Program

Head Start prides itself on its ability to connect with and enhance the lives of children from families of varying backgrounds and opportunities.  The program’s services and resources are designed to foster stable family relationships, enhance children’s physical and emotional well-being, and establish an environment to develop strong cognitive skills. But I don’t have to tell…

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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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Parent Committees Are Here to Stay
Mel Gravely
13-October-2016

Parent Committees Are Here to Stay

So, with much debate and fanfare, the parent committee is back and part of the updated Head Start Performance Standards! Are you excited? “A program must establish a parent committee comprised exclusively of parents of currently enrolled children as early in the program year as possible. This committee must be established at the center level…

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Changes in Head Start Performance Standards as They Apply to ERSEA
Mel Gravely
22-September-2016

Changes in Head Start Performance Standards as They Apply to ERSEA

There aren’t a lot of changes to the ERSEA (Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance) requirements for Head Start in the new Performance Standards. However, there are a few important changes to note. As one of the 10 Head Start Management Systems, ERSEA specifies key elements and requirements to create and maintain a Head Start…

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Client Testimonial: North Carolina Community Action Association
Mel Gravely
10-September-2016

Client Testimonial: North Carolina Community Action Association

I recently gave a board training at the North Carolina Community Action Association (NCCAA). After the training, I received two very nice letters from the Board President and the Executive Director. I would like to thank NCCAA for choosing The Gravely Group for their training needs. Dear Mel, On behalf of the North Carolina Community…

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Four Things You Must Know about the New Head Start Performance Standards
Mel Gravely
07-September-2016

Four Things You Must Know about the New Head Start Performance Standards

The New Head Start Performance Standards are already making headlines around the world. How will they impact you? Here are some things you need to know. 1. You have sixty days from publication to read and put into effect many of the changes, November 7, 2016. However, for rules that changed significantly the effective dates…

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Professionalism in Head Start
Mel Gravely
06-September-2016

Professionalism in Head Start

When working with new hires, it is important to ingrain a sense of professionalism. One thing my boss once told me was, “You can be friendly to everyone, but not friends.” Start at the top. Managerial staff should be well trained and fit for their job. Continuous training is needed to keep up with new…

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Focusing on Fatherhood in the New School Year
Mel Gravely
26-August-2016

Focusing on Fatherhood in the New School Year

In Head Start, engaging fathers (and men in general) can be challenging, as many agencies can attest. However, that doesn’t mean that our efforts aren’t important. The appropriate financial support and positive role model of a present father can sometimes make a big difference in the outcome for children. And since Head Start’s mission is…

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