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Relationship-Based Competencies: Coordinated, Integrated, Comprehensive Services
Mel Gravely
28-August-2018

Relationship-Based Competencies: Coordinated, Integrated, Comprehensive Services

We’ve reached #7 in our series about the nine Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies: Coordinated, Integrated, Comprehensive Services. Assembling a Team Putting together a comprehensive service team for the families we work with is very important to their success in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Every person that works with the families should have…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Self-Aware and Culturally Responsive Relationships
Mel Gravely
07-May-2018

Relationship-Based Competencies: Self-Aware and Culturally Responsive Relationships

This is the second blog post in our series about the nine relationship-based competencies. Read our first blog here: Positive, Goal-Oriented Relationships. As professionals working in Head Start and Early Head Start programs we get the opportunity to meet families that have very diverse backgrounds and come from different cultures. Building productive relationships with families…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Positive, Goal-Oriented Relationships
Mel Gravely
01-May-2018

Relationship-Based Competencies: Positive, Goal-Oriented Relationships

For the first blog in our series about relationship-based competencies, we’re going to discuss positive, goal-oriented relationships. Creating positive relationships with the families that we serve is a key point in assisting them to become self-sufficient. From our first interaction with families to the last, the relationships that we build will stay with them for…

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Understanding the Importance of the Nine Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies
Mel Gravely
29-April-2018

Understanding the Importance of the Nine Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies

Over the next couple months, we will be doing a blog series on the nine Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies, focusing on a different competency each week. But before we can dive in on each individual competency, we’d first like to define the overall structure and purpose of the relationship-based competencies, and why they’re important for…

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Teachers Report Weaker Relationships with Students of Color
Mel Gravely
30-October-2017

Teachers Report Weaker Relationships with Students of Color

Some of the most successful entrepreneurs and executives have attributed their career success to strong bonds they shared with encouraging and inspiring teachers from their youth. A new study by NYU researcher Dr. Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng provides evidence that teachers have weak relationships with students of color and children of immigrants. The author further suggests…

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Handling Medical Emergencies in Head Start
Mel Gravely
23-August-2017

Handling Medical Emergencies in Head Start

“His face is blowing up!” “Call 911! There’s tons of blood!” “She’s fainting!” These situations are every early childhood director’s nightmare. Head Start staff, however, is prepared for this possibility. Medical emergencies can happen because of injuries, chronic health conditions, or unexpected major illness. No matter how bad the injury, keeping a clear head can…

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The Importance of Health Program Services in Head Start
Mel Gravely
09-August-2017

The Importance of Health Program Services in Head Start

A child with health problems, whether oral, mental or nutrition concerns, will have difficulty learning. That’s why it’s up to us, Head Start staff, to provide the high-quality health services, that will help each child grow. According to section 1302.40 (a) of Head Start Performance Standards: “A program must provide high-quality health, oral health, mental…

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16 Cheap and Easy Ways to Show Staff Appreciation in Head Start
Mel Gravely
18-April-2017

16 Cheap and Easy Ways to Show Staff Appreciation in Head Start

This month on the blog, we’ve been talking about Staff Appreciation, and the importance of making it an ongoing activity weaved into your day-to-day tasks. On that note, we’ve put together a few ways to show your fellow coworkers that they are appreciated throughout the year. Have more suggestions? Leave them in the comments below!…

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Staff Appreciation: How to Care for Ourselves
Mel Gravely
14-April-2017

Staff Appreciation: How to Care for Ourselves

Self-care isn’t a one-time deal or a one-sized approach. Are you rolling your eyes? Do you think you don’t have time for this? Then you need to read this and start figuring out how to take care of yourself. How many vacations do you take per year? What makes you feel refreshed? When in your…

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Staff Appreciation in Head Start: 14 Ways that We Can Do It!
Mel Gravely
09-April-2017

Staff Appreciation in Head Start: 14 Ways that We Can Do It!

So nobody really talks about it. We speak about big data, family engagement and school readiness all the time. We write memos about it and have meetings and trainings. Are we forgetting there is something else very important? Once a year, perhaps on teacher appreciation week, Office of Head Start may tweet or blog appreciation…

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