Skip to content

Parent Engagement

Supporting Family Engagement through Music
Mel Gravely
15-March-2021

Supporting Family Engagement through Music

By Lauren Guilmartin, Director of Early Learning, Music Together WorldwideAnd Anne Sailer, Teacher Trainer, Music Together Worldwide The following article was provided by Music Together Worldwide. Music Together is an early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through age eight – and the grownups who love them! First offered in 1987, their…

Read More
10 Facts about Father Engagement
Mel Gravely
08-February-2021

10 Facts about Father Engagement

The following article has been reposted with permission from The Fatherhood Project, a non-profit fatherhood program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Boston, MA. Their mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by empowering fathers to be active, informed and emotionally engaged with their children and families. Research…

Read More
How Head Start is Serving Essential Farmworkers during the Pandemic and Beyond
Mel Gravely
02-February-2021

How Head Start is Serving Essential Farmworkers during the Pandemic and Beyond

The Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Resilience Center is a program under the umbrella of the Atlantic Council, a international affairs think tank. The program focuses on issues of climate change, migration and security. In December, it published an article titled “Migration Matters: Serving Essential Farmworkers During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” They write that migrant farmworker communities across the…

Read More
Setting the Standard for Parent Engagement
Mel Gravely
20-January-2021

Setting the Standard for Parent Engagement

In a blog titled “What School Systems Can Learn from Head Start about Family Engagement,” Director of the Office Head Start, Dr. Deborah Bergeron, says that Head Start takes the traditional public school model “school serves child” and flips it to ”families collaborate with schools.” It’s this model of collaboration, she argues, that builds strong,…

Read More
Helping Pregnant Women Reduce Stress During COVID-19
Mel Gravely
15-October-2020

Helping Pregnant Women Reduce Stress During COVID-19

For women having their first pregnancy, their daily lives are full of questions and new experiences. How can I protect my health and the health of my baby? How can I make sure my pregnancy is progressing as it should? What should I eat? What medications are and aren’t ok to take? And that’s during…

Read More
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…

Read More
Developing Marketing Materials Specifically for Father Engagement
Mel Gravely
02-July-2020

Developing Marketing Materials Specifically for Father Engagement

The learning and growth of a child can be attributed to the involvement and engagement of both the mother and the father. When a child is able to experience both parent’s perspectives, they benefit from the wonderful balance that takes place. Engaging males can be a tremendous task, but we need it for our children.…

Read More
Inviting Head Start Families as Co-Trainers
Mel Gravely
27-April-2020

Inviting Head Start Families as Co-Trainers

Parents are often the most powerful leaders for change. Why is that? Well, it just so happens that effective parenting skills have a lot in common with effective leadership skills. Parents use powerful and complex leadership skills and abilities as they manage their households every day and guide their children in the little and big…

Read More
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…

Read More
Communication Methods that Work with Head Start Parents
Mel Gravely
12-March-2020

Communication Methods that Work with Head Start Parents

It cannot be put any clearer than this: Parents are the gateway to their child’s education. Although you cannot demand parents become involved in their child’s education, as an educator of young children, you can foster parental involvement by following a few simple, common-sense communication strategies that have existed since the dawn of spoken language.…

Read More