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OHS updates policy regarding programs affected by natural disasters
Mel Gravely
March-25-2019

In 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. In 2018, California experienced the deadliest wildfires in its history. Just this month, portions of the Midwest suffered some of the worst flooding in living memory. When faced with the fallout from natural disasters, it’s the community-based institutions that serve the local residents everyday who are in the…

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Head Start and Sesame Street are natural partners
Mel Gravely
March-14-2019

We received an email from the ECLKC a couple weeks ago, which promoted their February vlog titled “Home is Where the Love Is: Homelessness, Children and Families.” In that vlog, Dr. Deborah Bergeron, the Director of Head Start, visits the iconic Sesame Street studios to talk to Kama Einhorn, creator of Lily, a muppet character…

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What is your plan to engage fathers in Head Start?
Mel Gravely
March-06-2019

We recently received a great newsletter from the National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement from their “Fatherhood Connection” initiative, in which they provided a year in review of the many strategies they talked about in 2018 to engage fathers in Head Start programs. The way we see it, it’s never a bad time…

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New York Times: Recompetition is Helping to Increase Head Start Quality
Mel Gravely
February-11-2019

The New York Times recently published a story called “Cleaner Classrooms and Rising Scores: With Tighter Oversight, Head Start Shows Gains,” in which it reports that Head Start has seen gains in program quality across the board “more than a decade after Congress imposed new standards” that required “a third of its partners… to compete…

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Using Homework Assignments to Drive Parent Involvement
Mel Gravely
January-28-2019

Uri Bronfenbrenner, often referred to as the Father of Head Start, wrote early on in the program’s founding that one of the goals of the program was to have parents become “captivated by their own children, supportive of their education & irrationally committed to their children.” Remember, our goal isn’t just to get parents involved…

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The Three Entities of Head Start/Early Head Start Program Governance Structure
Mel Gravely
January-09-2019

We recently gave a free webinar on the three entities of Head Start/Early Head Start Program Governance Structure. (Sign up for our mailing list to receive notices about upcoming free webinars). In that webinar, we talked about the roles and responsibilities of each entity, as well as training and reporting requirements. Based on the questions…

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The Gravely Group 2018 Year in Review
Mel Gravely
December-29-2018

The biggest news story for Head Start in 2018 was the program instruction issued from OHS nationally that says that programs will be required to attain full enrollment. After that announcement, full enrollment was a primary topic of conversation for attendees at The Gravely Group’s conferences and workshops. We outlined some of those questions in…

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Head Start Can Provide Structure and Consistency for New Immigrant Families
Mel Gravely
December-07-2018

In 1977, Head Start began its first bilingual and bicultural programs. 40 years later, Head Start continues to build productive relationships with families by respecting and responding appropriately to the culture, language, values, and family structures of each family they work with. In fact, it’s a requirement. Immigration as a policy matter has been a…

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Driving Engagement with Social Media in Your Head Start Program
Mel Gravely
November-26-2018

Head Start prides itself on its ability to connect with and enhance the lives of children from families of varying backgrounds and opportunities.¬† The program’s services and resources are designed to foster stable family relationships, enhance children’s physical and¬†emotional well-being, and establish an environment to develop strong cognitive skills. But I don’t have to tell…

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Head Start Stories: Sherri Sharpe
Mel Gravely
November-05-2018

Here we have another installment for our ongoing series “Head Start Stories,” which uncover the power of Head Start to impact people’s lives long after they leave the program. This story comes to us from Sherri Sharpe, who attended Head Start when it was still a fairly new program, started only 5 years before… Dear…

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