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Three Ways to Encourage Exercise in Toddlers
Mel Gravely
27-June-2016

Three Ways to Encourage Exercise in Toddlers

It’s important to give children lots of opportunities to be physically active, toddlers learn how their bodies work (and burn off energy) by running, jumping, climbing, and exploring their world. But you probably don’t need to take extra steps to make sure your toddler exercises. But do you know how to channel their endless energy…

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A Personal Head Start Story: Marti Ridley
Mel Gravely
09-June-2016

A Personal Head Start Story: Marti Ridley

“Remember to honor your growth as much as you honor your beginnings.” – Marti Ridley I recently presented a training at the United Way Central Ohio on Parlimentary Procedure. At that session, I ran into a friend and colleague Marti Ridley. Marti has been a member of the policy council and long-time volunteer in her…

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The Relationship between a Head Start Governing Body and Policy Council
Mel Gravely
06-June-2016

The Relationship between a Head Start Governing Body and Policy Council

The Head Start Act provides that Head Start agencies must “establish and maintain a formal structure for program governance, for the oversight of quality services for Head Start children and families and for making decisions related to program design and implementation.” This means the formation of both a Governing Body and a Policy Council. Governing…

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Becoming a Parent… Again: Providing Support to Grandparents and Kinship Caregivers in Your Early Learning Program
Mel Gravely
31-May-2016

Becoming a Parent… Again: Providing Support to Grandparents and Kinship Caregivers in Your Early Learning Program

When parents are absent or unable to raise their children, grandparents are often the ones who step in. Raising a second generation brings many rewards, including the fulfillment of giving grandchildren a sense of security, developing a deeper relationship, and keeping the family together. It also comes with many challenges. No matter how much love…

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Using Texting as a Tool to Help Increase Parent Engagement
Mel Gravely
27-May-2016

Using Texting as a Tool to Help Increase Parent Engagement

If you ever attended a training by any of the Consultants at The Gravely Group, we speak on parent participation being the key to a successful early learning program. So here is some great information that supports our theory that you have to reach out to parents with diverse methods of contact and learning. This…

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What is Your Organization’s Employee Onboarding Practice?
Mel Gravely
23-May-2016

What is Your Organization’s Employee Onboarding Practice?

Onboarding is the process by which new hires get adjusted to the social and performance aspects of their jobs quickly and smoothly, and learn the attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviors required to function effectively within an organization. As Head Start makes adjustments with new Grantees and Delegate agencies, Onboarding is the perfect concept to use…

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The Importance of a Leadership Plan
Mel Gravely
12-May-2016

The Importance of a Leadership Plan

We all know someone who is a good leader. However, ask us what makes them a good leader and you might hear crickets. Leaders are kind of like fine art. We can recognize it and know if we like it, but we often have a hard time explaining why. Moreover, if pinpointing what makes someone…

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The Five Abilities of an Effective Leader
Mel Gravely
09-May-2016

The Five Abilities of an Effective Leader

Leadership is a skill that can’t be taught, but instead can be learned through awareness and observation. People you consider to be leaders have several important abilities that set them apart from the crowd, and if you can recognize what abilities you need in different situations, be it at work, home or anywhere, you can…

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A Personal Head Start Story: Sandy Castor
Mel Gravely
03-May-2016

A Personal Head Start Story: Sandy Castor

My name is Sandy Castor and I am a 1987 graduate of Montclair Childhood Development Center (MCDC), the Baldwin Street location. And I continue to be an active member of my MCDC community as a community member on the Policy Council. Since graduating Head Start I have been very fortunate and blessed to attend some…

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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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