Policy Council representation for Head Start and Early Head Start is a federal requirement.
Every Head Start and Early Head Start Center has a Parent Center Committee and each parent is a member. Out of the Parent Center Committee a representative is elected by the parents annually.
The Policy Council members receive training on Program Governance and the importance of working together as a team. The Policy Council meetings monthly and provides input on policies, program self assessment, grant applications, program design, hiring and reporting information back to the Parent Center Committees.
Any father, mother or guardian with a child in the program may run for Policy Council representation and some past parents may run for the “community representative” position.
The responsibility includes being able to commit to a once a month meeting and completing a Background Disclosure for the State of WI.
Benefits of Policy Council membership:
- Learn valuable leadership skills
- Received training in the many areas of HS & EHS
- Give back to a program that is free to families
- Opportunities to attend workshops and trainings
- Awareness of job opportunities and education needed for employment