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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

The Role of Head Start Leaders in Organizational Change The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging (D.E.I.&B) is a new federal initiative affecting all federally-funded agencies (see our blog post here).  The Gravely Group has researched this initiative and monitored hundreds of program practices meant to achieve the DEI&B federal expectations. This in-depth and immersive learning…

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History of Head Start

Nearly 60 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson created Head Start, a program to help meet the emotional, social, health, nutritional, and psychological needs of preschool-aged children from low-income families. Since then, the program has made significant strides, and regulations have continued to evolve. Knowing about Head Start’s past will help us plan for its…

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Multicultural Principles for Early Childhood Leaders

Children and their families come to Head Start and Early Head Start rooted in a culture that gives them meaning and direction. The same statement is true of the staff and administrators who work in Head Start and Early Head Start. Head Start programs are effective when their systems and services support the cultural diversity…

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School Readiness for Young African American Boys

Quality programming in Head Start and other early childhood programs incorporates knowledge of and respect for families’ cultures and implementation of best practices including quality learning environments, intentional teaching, and family engagement strategies. When these program pieces are in place, they best support the development and learning of young children. However, these program pieces are…

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