Every Head Start program must have effective parent participation, and one such means of participation is joining the Head Start Policy Council.
Policy Council is a special time to…
- Share your classroom and parent group experiences with other Head Start parents.
- Meet new friends.
- Listen to upcoming events in the Head Start program.
- Share your ideas about the Head Start program.
- Make decisions about the total operations of the Head Start program.
- Affect your child’s education.
- Grow as an individual.
- Gain insight into other social service programs.
- Represent Head Start at the local, state, and national levels.
To Be an Effective Council Member…
- Try to attend every meeting.
- Call the Resource Center at (765) 827-0191 ext. 224 to let us know if you are unable to attend.
- If you need childcare during the meeting or transportation to and from the meeting, call the Resource Center at (765) 827-0191 ext. 224 at least 2 days prior to the meeting to make arrangements.
- Bring your Policy Council binder, agenda, and minutes from the previous meeting with you.
- Remember that some parts of the meetings may contain information that is confidential.
- Discuss appropriate topics from the Policy Council with your own parent groups.
- Items that you want the Policy Council to consider should be given to the Policy Council chairperson or the Head Start coordinator at least 10 days before the meeting.
- Remember that the Policy Council is not the place to bring your gripes or problems. The Policy Council does not have the responsibility for running the day-to-day operation of Head Start. If you have a problem, take it to the person it concerns first to see if it can be solved.
- Be aware that the bylaws state that membership will be terminated after the elected representative and/or alternate miss three meetings during the program year without a written or verbal excuse that is acceptable to the Policy Council.