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Serving Families in a Remote Environment: Tips for Family Services Staff
Mel Gravely
12-August-2020

Serving Families in a Remote Environment: Tips for Family Services Staff

In the digital age there are many tools we are able to use to stay connected while working remotely and provide digital education. It is paramount that we use these tools to stay connected with parents and support them while at home with their kids. If children aren’t in classrooms, family services staff are even…

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What to Consider Before Reopening Your Head Start Center
Mel Gravely
09-August-2020

What to Consider Before Reopening Your Head Start Center

As we come around to the end of the summer, and the time of year again where we begin preparing for children to go back to school, there are many things to consider amid the COVID-19 crisis. Although many of the policies and procedures necessary for caring for children and staff during the pandemic should…

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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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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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The 10 Commandments of Onboarding your Head Start Staff
Mel Gravely
27-August-2019

The 10 Commandments of Onboarding your Head Start Staff

Employees are one of the most important resources we have in Head Start. Last week, we announced a new training, Onboarding your Head Start Staff. While we have always included elements of employee onboarding in our trainings, as part of our comprehensive Knowledge Management system, we have separated onboarding into its own stand-alone training. With…

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What Education Levels are Required for Head Start Staff?
Mel Gravely
09-July-2019

What Education Levels are Required for Head Start Staff?

Head Start wants to ensure that the staff and teachers who are serving local families have the appropriate education to do so. The Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) hosts a series of briefs that outlines all the educational requirements for the majority of Head Start staff positions, everything from Executive Directors to Home…

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Bus Drivers Can Play an Important Role in Family Engagement
Mel Gravely
12-June-2019

Bus Drivers Can Play an Important Role in Family Engagement

As we know, parent/family engagement is one of the most important and longest-lasting benefits of Head Start. To do it right, it requires an all-hands-on-deck mentality. Every interaction with a parent or caregiver, no matter how small or fleeting it may seem, should be considered when putting together the best plan for family engagement. After…

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Vaccination Requirements for Head Start/Early Head Start
Mel Gravely
11-June-2019

Vaccination Requirements for Head Start/Early Head Start

Head Start at the national level does not have any explicit rules regarding the vaccination status of children who attend local programs (a bill proposed in 2015 would’ve required all Head Start children to be vaccinated, but never made it to a vote). As it stands now, it is only mentioned once in the Head…

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Head Start’s Recommendations for Responding to Potentially Violent Situations
Mel Gravely
09-May-2019

Head Start’s Recommendations for Responding to Potentially Violent Situations

This may be one of the most difficult topics I’ve ever had to write about. No one wants to think about a scenario in which our country’s most vulnerable, our children, might be the targets of intentional violence. This week, another act of school violence made headlines, just seven miles from Columbine, Co, in which…

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The Three Entities of Head Start/Early Head Start Program Governance Structure
Mel Gravely
09-January-2019

The Three Entities of Head Start/Early Head Start Program Governance Structure

We recently gave a free webinar on the three entities of Head Start/Early Head Start Program Governance Structure. (Sign up for our mailing list to receive notices about upcoming free webinars). In that webinar, we talked about the roles and responsibilities of each entity, as well as training and reporting requirements. Based on the questions…

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