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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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Ying to the Yang: How Fatherhood Compliments Motherhood for a Happy, Healthy Childhood
Mel Gravely
12-December-2019

Ying to the Yang: How Fatherhood Compliments Motherhood for a Happy, Healthy Childhood

As a Head Start consultant, I often find myself as the only man in a room full of women. It’s true, Head Start, and early childhood education in general, is dominated by women – staff, volunteers, and of course, mothers. It’s in rooms just like these that I’m often talking about the value of father…

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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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