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OHS Announces Supplemental Grant Funds to Help Agencies Increase Program Hours
Mel Gravely
September-20-2018

Ever since the Office of Head Start (OHS) announced the full enrollment initiative in June, we’ve been receiving a lot of questions about what kind of support Head Start will provide at the federal level to help programs get closer to the goal of full enrollment. We’re starting to see those questions get answered. OHS…

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Head Start Story: Vicki Wilson
Mel Gravely
September-16-2018

We recently received a new submission for our ongoing series “Share Your Head Start Story.” This story comes from Vicki Wilson, a mother of two in Kentucky whose children attended the Breckinridge-Grayson Program in Leithfield, KY. Her story is very moving and a great testament to the power of Head Start to transform families’ lives.…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Data-Driven Services and Continuous Improvement
Mel Gravely
September-05-2018

The eighth relationship-based competency in our blog series is Data-Driven Services and Continuous Improvement. Every Head Start and Early Head Start program should be collecting and analyzing data on a regular basis to find new solutions to challenges as part of an ongoing effort to continuously improve services for the community that they are working…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Coordinated, Integrated, Comprehensive Services
Mel Gravely
August-28-2018

We’ve reached #7 in our series about the nine Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies: Coordinated, Integrated, Comprehensive Services. Assembling a Team Putting together a comprehensive service team for the families we work with is very important to their success in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Every person that works with the families should have…

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Concerns and Strategies on Attaining Full Enrollment
Mel Gravely
August-09-2018

It’s been two months since the Office of Head Start announced the full enrollment initiative, detailing its plans to reach a goal of 100% enrollment nationally throughout the program. Since then, it’s been top of mind for everyone attending our on-site trainings and conference workshops. We’d like to share some of the concerns we’re hearing…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Family Access to Community Resources
Mel Gravely
July-27-2018

The sixth relationship based competency is family access to community resources. Know what Resources are Available For a program to be successful in connecting families to local resources, they first have to know what resources their community offers. Head Start and Early Head Start (HS/EHS) staff need to have extensive knowledge of social services programs,…

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Serving Homeless Children in Head Start
Mel Gravely
July-16-2018

Children in temporary housing (often combined into one group using the catch-all term “homeless”) are one of the most difficult to serve populations for early childhood education programs.  According to a document by the New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students (NYS-TEACHS), children in temporary housing are half as likely to…

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Relationship-Based Competencies: Family Connections to Peers and Community
Mel Gravely
July-05-2018

This is the fifth blog in our series about the nine Relationship-Based Competencies. The connections that our families make on their journey to self-sufficiency are oftentimes the ones that they take with them for the rest of their lives. The role of Head Start and Early Head Start programs is to facilitate support networks and…

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Head Start Program Again Facing Threats at the National Level
Mel Gravely
June-26-2018

We recently received an email from the National Head Start Association (NHSA), detailing the “latest threats to Head Start that are coming out of D.C.” For those of us who have served Head Start for many years, we are probably thinking, “Well, here we go again.” This is hardly the first time Head Start has…

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OHS Announces Full Enrollment Initiative
Mel Gravely
June-12-2018

Last week, Office of Head Start (OHS) issued a program instruction on its website called the “Full Enrollment Initiative.” In it, OHS details its plans to ensure that each Head Start designee “enroll 100 percent of its funded enrollment and maintain active waiting lists at all times with ongoing outreach to the community and activities…

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