The Gravely Group

2017 Year in Review
Mel Gravely
13-December-2017

2017 Year in Review

All things considered, 2017 was a relatively quiet and stable year for Head Start programs. Head Start seemed to be off the radar of the national political debate for the most part, and funding was stable. We saw 2017 as a year of growth and training for programs. Throughout the year, we focused on three…

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2016 Year in Review
Mel Gravely
14-December-2016

2016 Year in Review

2016 was another roller coaster year for Head Start programs. In November, the finalized changes to the Head Start Performance Standards took effect. Many changes have a schedule of implementation, with the most impactful change – providing full school days to 100% of slots – expected to be in place by 2021. There were also…

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Mel Gravely
14-November-2016

Video: Introduction to The Gravely Group Program Governance Training

The Gravely Group is an experienced national consulting firm that provides innovative technical assistance for board, program professionals and parents of Head Start and Early Head Start agencies across the county. Watch our new video! The knowledgeable and experienced consultants at The Gravely Group provide specific technical assistance to assist organizations in program design and…

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Four Reasons to Vote
Mel Gravely
07-November-2016

Four Reasons to Vote

Are you ready to vote? We believe at The Gravely Group that decisions are made by those who show up. Our country is a beacon of liberty for the rest of the world. It is time to stand up and be counted. We will never express our political opinions on this blog, but we want…

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Three Ways to Encourage Exercise in Toddlers
Mel Gravely
27-June-2016

Three Ways to Encourage Exercise in Toddlers

It’s important to give children lots of opportunities to be physically active, toddlers learn how their bodies work (and burn off energy) by running, jumping, climbing, and exploring their world. But you probably don’t need to take extra steps to make sure your toddler exercises. But do you know how to channel their endless energy…

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A Personal Head Start Story: Marti Ridley
Mel Gravely
09-June-2016

A Personal Head Start Story: Marti Ridley

“Remember to honor your growth as much as you honor your beginnings.” – Marti Ridley I recently presented a training at the United Way Central Ohio on Parlimentary Procedure. At that session, I ran into a friend and colleague Marti Ridley. Marti has been a member of the policy council and long-time volunteer in her…

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Using Texting as a Tool to Help Increase Parent Engagement
Mel Gravely
27-May-2016

Using Texting as a Tool to Help Increase Parent Engagement

If you ever attended a training by any of the Consultants at The Gravely Group, we speak on parent participation being the key to a successful early learning program. So here is some great information that supports our theory that you have to reach out to parents with diverse methods of contact and learning. This…

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The Importance of a Leadership Plan
Mel Gravely
12-May-2016

The Importance of a Leadership Plan

We all know someone who is a good leader. However, ask us what makes them a good leader and you might hear crickets. Leaders are kind of like fine art. We can recognize it and know if we like it, but we often have a hard time explaining why. Moreover, if pinpointing what makes someone…

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Native American Child and Family Conference (Photo Gallery)
Mel Gravely
21-March-2016

Native American Child and Family Conference (Photo Gallery)

The Gravely Group recently presented two of our signature trainings at the Native American Child and Family Conference (NACFC), presented by the Southwest Consortium of Indian Head Start Programs, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The NACFC serves as a forum for Native American Head Start staff to share information, discuss relevant issues, concerns, new ideas…

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An Overview of FY2016 Leadership, Governance and Management Systems Protocol
Mel Gravely
19-January-2016

An Overview of FY2016 Leadership, Governance and Management Systems Protocol

The Office of Head Start (OHS) first released the FY2016 monitoring protocol in September 2015. This new protocol, called the Leadership, Governance and Management Systems Protocol (LGMS), seeks to understand how programs are managed, and how that management supports the program’s provision of high quality services and a safe and healthy learning environment for children…

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