What is the Parent Policy Council?
The Parent Policy Council is a group of Head Start and Early Head Start parents and community members who help lead and make decisions about their program. Head Start has always viewed parents as critical partners in its work to educate their young children. We also understood that this partnership means parents should help decide which services would most benefit their families and be an intricate part of the decision-making process. As a result, Head Start created a formal leadership and policy-making role for parents and community members called the Policy Council.
The Head Start Parent Policy Council is a committee made up of parents, guardians, and caregiver representatives from each classroom in the program. From the representatives, a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, and State Representative are elected, including alternates for each position. The Policy Council meets regularly as a group. They are involved in reviewing and approving our grant applications, creating goals for the program and serving as links to families & caregivers at each site. Policy Council Representatives will be elected at Elections and Orientation. Members can serve for one year at a time, and for up to five years.
The Policy Council meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Sacajawea Head Start. The meeting starts at 5:30pm with child care and dinner. If parents want to participate in PC meetings, they should contact their FSW or Teacher.
More information from National Head Start here
Policy Council Executive Officers for 2023-24 School Year
Chairperson: Alex Gyebi (Rosa Parks)
Vice-Chairperson: Jennifer Gyamfi (Rosa Parks)
Treasurer: Rocio Barban (Sacajawea)
State Representative: Joselyn Pena (Kelly Center)
Alternate State Representative: Deborah Smith (Sacajawea)
Parent Policy Council Dates and Documents
Saturday, October 14, 2023 (Training Day)
Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Tuesday, January 9, 2024
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Tuesday, June 4, 2024