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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…

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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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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.…

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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…

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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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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.…

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How Involved Fathers are Forging New Ground
Mel Gravely
27-February-2020

How Involved Fathers are Forging New Ground

I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail. Muriel StrodeThe Wind-Wafted Wild Flowers, 1903 In the past, women were much more likely to be the primary caregivers who nurtured a child’s early development. That means that when the fathers…

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How Attachment Theory Can Help Improve our Parent Engagement Strategy in Head Start
Mel Gravely
10-February-2020

How Attachment Theory Can Help Improve our Parent Engagement Strategy in Head Start

I saw an interesting article recently on Medium called “The most important theory you’ve never heard of as a parent.” That theory is attachment theory, coined by psychoanalyst John Bowlby in the late 60s. We often discuss how the presence of a parent is important for the development of the child. However, just being there…

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Sharing Ongoing Child Assessment Data Encourages Better Family Engagement
Mel Gravely
31-January-2020

Sharing Ongoing Child Assessment Data Encourages Better Family Engagement

Have you ever heard the saying, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts?” I can’t think of a better example than when parents and educators are on the same page when it comes to preparing for a child’s future. While each side’s contribution is essential on its own, when communication is flowing…

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Bringing Focus to Children’s Mental Health in Head Start
Mel Gravely
15-January-2020

Bringing Focus to Children’s Mental Health in Head Start

Canton, Ohio-based attorney Corey Minor Smith is a long-time client, associate, and friend of The Gravely Group. She is a former Head Start parent and Board Member, speaker, and mental health advocate. She has recently written her debut book, titled #Driven, a resource for family and friends that care for a loved one living with…

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