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The African American Boys Project: Implementing Culturally Responsive, Strength-Based Practices
Mel Gravely
16-September-2021

The African American Boys Project: Implementing Culturally Responsive, Strength-Based Practices

This is the fourth and final blog in our series on the OHS publication Supporting School Readiness and Success of Young African American Boys Project. In our first three blogs, we talked about the origins of the project, defined the culturally responsive lens, and talked about why it focuses on African American boys in the…

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The African American Boys Project: Understanding Young African American Boys
Mel Gravely
03-September-2021

The African American Boys Project: Understanding Young African American Boys

This is the third blog in our four-part series on the training document, Supporting School Readiness and Success in African American Boys Project. In our first blog of the series, “An Introduction to the “Supporting the School Readiness and Success of African American Boys Project’’, we discussed how the Office of Head Start’s National Center…

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The African American Boys Project: The Culturally Responsive Lens
Mel Gravely
14-August-2021

The African American Boys Project: The Culturally Responsive Lens

This is the second blog in our four-part series on the training document, Supporting School Readiness and Success in African American Boys Project. In our first blog of the series, “An Introduction to the “Supporting the School Readiness and Success of African American Boys Project,” we mentioned the Culturally Responsive Strength-Based (CRSB) Framework. It’s this…

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An Introduction to the “Supporting the School Readiness and Success of African American Boys Project”
Mel Gravely
12-August-2021

An Introduction to the “Supporting the School Readiness and Success of African American Boys Project”

I’m always surprised at the breadth and depth of information available at the Office of Head Start’s (OHS) Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECKLC). If you have a question or a problem, chances are there’s a document or resource available that can help. I came across one such document in an email from ECKLC…

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How can programs promote positive, goal-oriented relationships with fathers?
Mel Gravely
16-July-2021

How can programs promote positive, goal-oriented relationships with fathers?

“Father engagement is not a stand-alone program initiative, but a vital and integrated aspect of parent, family, and community work.” – Birth to 5 Father Engagement Guide Like most things in life that are worth the effort, engaging fathers takes work. Sometimes, it takes a lot of work. However, family engagement is one of the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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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