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Putting together a COVID-19 vaccine policy for your Head Start program
Mel Gravely
11-May-2021

Putting together a COVID-19 vaccine policy for your Head Start program

As of the writing of this blog, approximately 44% of Americans 18 and over have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of the three approved vaccines, with an additional 20% say they plan on getting it soon. So what about the other 30-40%? For the past few weeks, vaccine rates have been slowing down.…

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American Rescue Plan to Provide Additional Support for Head Start Programs, Families
Mel Gravely
13-April-2021

American Rescue Plan to Provide Additional Support for Head Start Programs, Families

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) was signed into law early last month by President Joe Biden, and will provide direct support and greater access to benefits for children and families struggling financially during the pandemic. Out of the $1.9 trillion passed through legislation, $1 billion will go to Head Start and Early Head Start programs…

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OHS Announces Additional Funding & Flexibility for Head Start during COVID-19
Mel Gravely
16-June-2020

OHS Announces Additional Funding & Flexibility for Head Start during COVID-19

Last week, we watched a recorded webinar called “Fiscal Management During the COVID-19 Emergency.” The webinar, which first aired on May 22, featured Office of Head Start (OHS) Director, Dr. Deborah Bergeron, explaining the additional funding available through the CARES Act and how that funding will be distributed in the coming months. She opened the…

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Partnering with Your Local Receiving Schools
Mel Gravely
18-November-2019

Partnering with Your Local Receiving Schools

As a Head Start leader, building relationships within your local receiving schools is one of the best ways to both understand and plan for the process of transitioning a child from Head Start to kindergarten. However, as with most things, that doesn’t just happen automatically or overnight. It takes time to form a plan, and…

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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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