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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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The Governance Institute Program for Florida Head Start Association RECAP
Mel Gravely
14-October-2015

The Governance Institute Program for Florida Head Start Association RECAP

I recently attended The Governance Institute Program for Florida Head Start Association. I presented two workshops, as well as presented during the closing session. Program Governance: Ensuring Program Success in Changing Times Conducting Effective Meetings: New and Improved Policy Council & Board Meetings Closing Session Speaker: The History of Head Start and Parent Engagement: Where…

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Early Head Start Program Governance Structure (Organizational Charts)
Mel Gravely
29-September-2015

Early Head Start Program Governance Structure (Organizational Charts)

When it comes to Early Head Start, the structure of your program governance depends on the overall structure of your agency. If Agency is the grantee for Early Head Start and grantee for Head Start, there is only one policy council established at the Grantee level, with representation from EHS and HS. If Early Head…

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Does Your Program’s Atmosphere Shout “Welcome?”
Mel Gravely
31-August-2015

Does Your Program’s Atmosphere Shout “Welcome?”

Creating a welcoming environment is more than developing a special place for visitors to gather and talk or placing a ‘Welcome’ sign on the wall. Early Head Start and Head Start programs can try a variety of strategies to build a bridge connecting the staff with families. The message these strategies convey to parents should…

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Felisa Rincón de Gautier and ‘Las Escuelas Maternales,’ the Early Model for Head Start
Mel Gravely
10-August-2015

Felisa Rincón de Gautier and ‘Las Escuelas Maternales,’ the Early Model for Head Start

Felisa Rincón de Gautier is most well-known for her tenure as mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico in the 1940-60s. She was elected in 1946, which at the time made her the first woman to be elected mayor of a capital city in North America. Throughout her life, Rincón de Gautier championed many causes, particularly…

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