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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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Key Elements of a High-Functioning Board
Mel Gravely
30-December-2015

Key Elements of a High-Functioning Board

Duties of Care, Loyalty and Obedience At The Gravely Group, we believe that there is a critical role that nonprofits play in communities across the nation. Thus it is imperative that a nonprofit board function at a high level to ensure a clear and strategic organizational direction that supports the agency’s efforts to successfully navigate…

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2015 Year in Review
Mel Gravely
11-December-2015

2015 Year in Review

2015 Head Start Program Highlights In 2015, agencies continued to celebrate 50 years of Head Start and 20 years of Early Head Start. However, the big story in 2015 was the Proposed Changes to Head Start Performance Standards. This is the first comprehensive overhaul since the standards were first published in 1975, and will affect…

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Free Stuff is Not (the Only) Answer: Getting Parents Involved in Your Head Start program
Mel Gravely
08-December-2015

Free Stuff is Not (the Only) Answer: Getting Parents Involved in Your Head Start program

There are many barriers to parental involvement (employment, homelessness, drugs); however, ask any parent that gets involved with their child’s Head Start program, and the majority will say that they are glad they did. Parent participation has at its root “What’s In It for Me?” and “What’s In It For My Child?” To kickstart the…

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Experts Say Studies on Head Start Fade-Out Are Missing the Point
Mel Gravely
01-December-2015

Experts Say Studies on Head Start Fade-Out Are Missing the Point

Ask any Head Start advocate, and they have probably dealt with a naysayer who cites certain research studies as an example that Head Start doesn’t work. That’s one of the reasons why the National Head Start Association Director Yasmina Vinci’s recent article about so-called “fade-out” is important reading for Head Start professionals. In it, Vinci…

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