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Enhancing Safe Practices in Your Head Start Program
Mel Gravely
19-September-2023

Enhancing Safe Practices in Your Head Start Program

In September 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG), released the following report: ACF Should Improve Oversight of Head Start to Better Protect Children’s Safety. In this 40-page report, the Inspector General found that nearly one in four Head Start grantees received an adverse finding from the Administration…

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Kickstart your Head Start Program’s Diversity Initiatives with Dual Training in Multicultural Principles and DEI&B
Mel Gravely
16-August-2023

Kickstart your Head Start Program’s Diversity Initiatives with Dual Training in Multicultural Principles and DEI&B

At The Gravely Group, we believe that the Multicultural Principles for Early Childhood Leaders and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEI&B) are two sides of the same coin, ying and yang, night and day. They just go together, like Thelma and Louise or peanut butter and pickles (no, seriously, it’s a thing).  Some of the…

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What are the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Requirements for Head Start Programs?
Mel Gravely
17-March-2023

What are the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Requirements for Head Start Programs?

In a recent blog this past January, we posed the question: What’s the big deal about diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) in Head Start programs? While you have likely heard about DEIB before, you might think that it’s only something done by corporations with sprawling HR departments or government agencies in large marble buildings.…

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Federal Government Steps Up Efforts to Increase Wages for Early Childhood Education Workforce
Mel Gravely
18-February-2023

Federal Government Steps Up Efforts to Increase Wages for Early Childhood Education Workforce

We cannot continue to expect early educators to remain in these critical roles only to earn poverty wages. Those are the words of January Contreras, Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in a recent announcement for the new National Early Care and Education Workforce Center (more on that later).  We appreciate…

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What is Head Start’s New “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging” Initiative?
Mel Gravely
07-January-2023

What is Head Start’s New “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging” Initiative?

The Gravely Group researched the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI&B) initiative and monitored hundreds of program practices meant to achieve the D.E.I.&B federal expectations. The Gravely Group is now offering a day-long, in-depth and immersive learning experience to understand these federal expectations better. In this training, Head Start leaders will learn practical approaches to…

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The Gravely Group 2022 Year in Review
Mel Gravely
05-December-2022

The Gravely Group 2022 Year in Review

If you only read one of The Gravely Group’s blogs each year, our annual Year in Review should be it. Each year, we do a recap of all the articles we put out throughout the year, as well as give a few other highlights from our trainings and travels. After nearly three years of uncertainty,…

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What are the Focus Area One and Focus Area Two Monitoring Reviews?
Mel Gravely
02-November-2022

What are the Focus Area One and Focus Area Two Monitoring Reviews?

The Head Start Act section 641A outlines that the Secretary of Health and Human Services is responsible for promoting a comprehensive federal monitoring and oversight system. The system must assess program compliance with regulations applicable to Head Start programs. These regulations include regulatory requirements documented in the Head Start Program Performance Standards, the Head Start…

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Supporting the Mental Health of Head Start Staff
Mel Gravely
19-September-2022

Supporting the Mental Health of Head Start Staff

Earlier this past summer, the National Head Start Association (NHSA) announced a new initiative for supporting the mental health of the staff within its member programs. In a press release at the time, NHSA explained that the initiative is meant to address the “unique set of difficult and challenging stressors” that Head Start staff face.…

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Compensating Head Start Employees
Mel Gravely
18-August-2022

Compensating Head Start Employees

Read our latest update on this topic: Federal Government Steps up Efforts to Increase Wages for Early Childhood Education Workforce It’s no secret, there is a shortage of workers in the early childhood education (ECE) sector. Private daycares, public preschools, and Head Starts are all competing for a rapidly dwindling labor pool. And unfortunately, the…

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The Gravely Group 2021 Year in Review
Mel Gravely
07-December-2021

The Gravely Group 2021 Year in Review

We’ll be honest. If you had asked us during our last Year in Review blog if we’d still be talking about COVID-19 affecting our day to day lives, we’d have said, “I sure hope not!” In December 2020 when we were writing it, the vaccines had just become available for those at highest risk and…

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