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Using Community Partnerships to Enhance Father Engagement
Mel Gravely
14-October-2019

Using Community Partnerships to Enhance Father Engagement

If you’re not currently reading the Fatherhood Connection e-newsletter and webinar series from ECLKC, we highly recommend that you make a commitment to read it and share it with other staff. The Office of Head Start has made it clear over and over that engaging families in the education of children – whether mothers, fathers,…

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Video: End Your Struggles with Parent Engagement through Effective Communication
Mel Gravely
12-August-2019

Video: End Your Struggles with Parent Engagement through Effective Communication

Are you having difficulty engaging families? Are you spinning your wheels trying to get parents engaged? Need some strategies to help improve your engagement with families? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we encourage you to watch this video from The Gravely Group CEO, Mel Gravely, as he explains four ways to…

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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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The Importance of Avoiding “Shop Talk” when Communicating with Parents
Mel Gravely
16-May-2019

The Importance of Avoiding “Shop Talk” when Communicating with Parents

I’m sure you’ve let it slip once or twice. An acronym that you use every day in your work as a Head Start staff person, only to experience a deer-in-the-headlights look when you use it in conversations with parents. Federally-funded programs have a title and term for everything. Every framework, initiative, program, tactic, and strategy…

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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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What is your plan to engage fathers in Head Start?
Mel Gravely
06-March-2019

What is your plan to engage fathers in Head Start?

We recently received a great newsletter from the National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement from their “Fatherhood Connection” initiative, in which they provided a year in review of the many strategies they talked about in 2018 to engage fathers in Head Start programs. The way we see it, it’s never a bad time…

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Using Homework Assignments to Drive Parent Involvement
Mel Gravely
28-January-2019

Using Homework Assignments to Drive Parent Involvement

Uri Bronfenbrenner, often referred to as the Father of Head Start, wrote early on in the program’s founding that one of the goals of the program was to have parents become “captivated by their own children, supportive of their education & irrationally committed to their children.” Remember, our goal isn’t just to get parents involved…

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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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Relationship-Based Competencies: Data-Driven Services and Continuous Improvement
Mel Gravely
05-September-2018

Relationship-Based Competencies: Data-Driven Services and Continuous Improvement

The eighth relationship-based competency in our blog series is Data-Driven Services and Continuous Improvement. Every Head Start and Early Head Start program should be collecting and analyzing data on a regular basis to find new solutions to challenges as part of an ongoing effort to continuously improve services for the community that they are working…

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