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Welcome to our blog! We are very proud of the wealth of information we put out there for Head Start agencies. Take a look around and let us know what you think!

What are the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Requirements for Head Start Programs?
Mel Gravely
March-17-2023

In a recent blog this past January, we posed the question: What’s the big deal about diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) in Head Start programs? While you have likely heard about DEIB before, you might think that it’s only something done by corporations with sprawling HR departments or government agencies in large marble buildings.…

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Federal Government Steps Up Efforts to Increase Wages for Early Childhood Education Workforce
Mel Gravely
February-18-2023

We cannot continue to expect early educators to remain in these critical roles only to earn poverty wages. Those are the words of January Contreras, Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in a recent announcement for the new National Early Care and Education Workforce Center (more on that later).  We appreciate…

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What is Head Start’s New “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging” Initiative?
Mel Gravely
January-07-2023

The Gravely Group researched the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI&B) initiative and monitored hundreds of program practices meant to achieve the D.E.I.&B federal expectations. The Gravely Group is now offering a day-long, in-depth and immersive learning experience to understand these federal expectations better. In this training, Head Start leaders will learn practical approaches to…

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The Gravely Group 2022 Year in Review
Mel Gravely
December-05-2022

If you only read one of The Gravely Group’s blogs each year, our annual Year in Review should be it. Each year, we do a recap of all the articles we put out throughout the year, as well as give a few other highlights from our trainings and travels. After nearly three years of uncertainty,…

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What are the Focus Area One and Focus Area Two Monitoring Reviews?
Mel Gravely
November-02-2022

The Head Start Act section 641A outlines that the Secretary of Health and Human Services is responsible for promoting a comprehensive federal monitoring and oversight system. The system must assess program compliance with regulations applicable to Head Start programs. These regulations include regulatory requirements documented in the Head Start Program Performance Standards, the Head Start…

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Supporting the Mental Health of Head Start Staff
Mel Gravely
September-19-2022

Earlier this past summer, the National Head Start Association (NHSA) announced a new initiative for supporting the mental health of the staff within its member programs. In a press release at the time, NHSA explained that the initiative is meant to address the “unique set of difficult and challenging stressors” that Head Start staff face.…

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Compensating Head Start Employees
Mel Gravely
August-18-2022

Read our latest update on this topic: Federal Government Steps up Efforts to Increase Wages for Early Childhood Education Workforce It’s no secret, there is a shortage of workers in the early childhood education (ECE) sector. Private daycares, public preschools, and Head Starts are all competing for a rapidly dwindling labor pool. And unfortunately, the…

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Integrating Sign Language into the Head Start Classroom
Mel Gravely
July-30-2022

This blog was provided by Dr. Michael Hubler, Social-Emotional Learning Specialist, and Lillian Hubler, Founder and President of Time to Sign (The Sign Language Education Experts – Time to Sign) for over 20 years. Dr. Hubler was the Executive Director of the Outstanding Minority Education Institution for the State of Florida and the Outstanding Humanitarian…

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Helping Families to Support Positive Behaviors
Mel Gravely
July-17-2022

Every month, we receive an email from the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) that includes recent announcements from the Office of Head Start, as well as information on any resources that have been recently posted or updated in the knowledge center. If you don’t receive ECKLC’s emails, we highly recommend signing up. The…

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Embracing Technology for Differentiated Instruction
Mel Gravely
June-14-2022

This blog was provided by Dr. Nermeen Dashoush, Chief Learning Officer at MarcoPolo Learning and Clinical Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. The Gravely Group recently partnered with MarcoPolo Learning on a free webinar titled “How Can Technology Provide Greater Access for Families?” A big part…

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