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 Open House. 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. We are currently meeting virtually starting at 5:30pm with the goal of returning to in-person meetings 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 2021-2022 School Year
Location: Sacajawea Head Start, 4800 NE 74th Avenue or Virtual
Unless otherwise noted on the monthly agenda
Saturday, October 16, 2021 - Meeting materials here: Agenda, Minutes, Reports
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Policy Council Executive Officers for 2021-2022 School Year
Chairperson: Huynh Pool, Creston
Vice-Chairperson: Erika Aragon, Clarendon
Secretary: Matt Blairstone, Clarendon
Asst. Secretary: Kate Blairstone, Clarendon
Treasurer: Mariela Perez, Clarendon
State Representative: Jennifer Albers, Sacajawea