Head Start Policy Council members have broad authority and review over both the policy goals and the day-to-day operations of Head Start centers, including the establishment of enrollment criteria, the hiring and termination of staff and budgeting.
The Policy Council is made up of parents and community representatives from all five counties we serve. Policy Council Representatives attend monthly meetings conducted by their Policy Council Chairperson and Head Start Executive Director. The council approves/disapproves various issues effecting Head Start.
At Policy Council Meetings, they:
Make decisions about the design and operation of Head Start
Become involved in planning and developing program goals
Help to make personnel and budget decisions
Participate in conducting a program self-assessment
Play a role in hiring Head Start staff
Approve budget and grants
Share information from meeting at Parent Meetings
It can be very rewarding for you to be involved in your child's preschool. Additionally, if you need a babysitter in order to attend the meetings, we will reimburse you for those costs, as well as mileage expense; if you have an infant, you are more than welcome to bring him/her with you. If you would like more information, please don't hesitate to ask your FA!
We will elect new representatives at our first parent meeting in September, so let your FA know if you're interested.