Parent Involvement

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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Relationship-Based Competencies: Coordinated, Integrated, Comprehensive Services
Mel Gravely
28-August-2018

Relationship-Based Competencies: Coordinated, Integrated, Comprehensive Services

We’ve reached #7 in our series about the nine Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies: Coordinated, Integrated, Comprehensive Services. Assembling a Team Putting together a comprehensive service team for the families we work with is very important to their success in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Every person that works with the families should have…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Family Access to Community Resources
Mel Gravely
27-July-2018

Relationship-Based Competencies: Family Access to Community Resources

The sixth relationship based competency is family access to community resources. Know what Resources are Available For a program to be successful in connecting families to local resources, they first have to know what resources their community offers. Head Start and Early Head Start (HS/EHS) staff need to have extensive knowledge of social services programs,…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Family Connections to Peers and Community
Mel Gravely
05-July-2018

Relationship-Based Competencies: Family Connections to Peers and Community

This is the fifth blog in our series about the nine Relationship-Based Competencies. The connections that our families make on their journey to self-sufficiency are oftentimes the ones that they take with them for the rest of their lives. The role of Head Start and Early Head Start programs is to facilitate support networks and…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Parent-Child Relationships and Families as Lifelong Educators
Mel Gravely
31-May-2018

Relationship-Based Competencies: Parent-Child Relationships and Families as Lifelong Educators

Our next blog is about Parent-Child Relationships and Families as Lifelong Learners, the fourth in our series about the 9 Relationship-Based Competencies. Nothing is more important than the relationships that are built between parent and child. In creating these relationships, there is a tremendous amount of important learning that is happening. Our roles as Head…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Family Well-Being and Families as Learners
Mel Gravely
21-May-2018

Relationship-Based Competencies: Family Well-Being and Families as Learners

This is the third blog post in our series about the 9 Relationship-based Competencies: Family Well-Being and Families as Learners. As educators, we are continuously learning new information as we advance in our careers and lives. It’s the same for families. Looking after the well-being of the families we serve, and guiding them in the…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Self-Aware and Culturally Responsive Relationships
Mel Gravely
07-May-2018

Relationship-Based Competencies: Self-Aware and Culturally Responsive Relationships

This is the second blog post in our series about the nine relationship-based competencies. Read our first blog here: Positive, Goal-Oriented Relationships. As professionals working in Head Start and Early Head Start programs we get the opportunity to meet families that have very diverse backgrounds and come from different cultures. Building productive relationships with families…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Positive, Goal-Oriented Relationships
Mel Gravely
01-May-2018

Relationship-Based Competencies: Positive, Goal-Oriented Relationships

For the first blog in our series about relationship-based competencies, we’re going to discuss positive, goal-oriented relationships. Creating positive relationships with the families that we serve is a key point in assisting them to become self-sufficient. From our first interaction with families to the last, the relationships that we build will stay with them for…

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Why Should Parents Serve on Policy Council?
Mel Gravely
03-April-2018

Why Should Parents Serve on Policy Council?

As Head Start professionals, we know that Head Start needs parents’ input to succeed. With new regulations cropping up and in an ever-changing world, the guidance of parents is sorely needed to run a program that meets the needs of the community, the children, and parents. However, when talking with parents and trying to gauge…

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Eight Ways to Get and Keep Policy Council Members
Mel Gravely
16-March-2018

Eight Ways to Get and Keep Policy Council Members

People want to have a voice and be part of something bigger than themselves. It’s easy to type a hashtag on social media. It’s a lot harder to effect real change. How can you do that? Head Start programs are based on family engagement. But is it really embedded in your program? Does your program…

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