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
Meeting Dates for 2022-2023 School Year
Location: Sacajawea Head Start, 4800 NE 74th Avenue, Portland
Unless otherwise noted on the monthly agenda
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Policy Council Executive Officers for 2022-2023 School Year
Chairperson: Gina Brunelle, Sacajawea
Vice-Chairperson: Huynh Pool, Creston
Secretary: Jessica Knittle, Whitman
Asst. Secretary: Vanessa Bird, Applegate
Treasurer: Maribel Aguilar, Jason Lee
State Representative: Anthea Zeltzman
State Representative: Jamila Myrick, Clarendon
Community Representative: Kim Richards, former parent at Clarendon