Head Start Policy Council

The Policy Council is made up of Head Start and Early Head Start parent representatives who are elected from their respective CSI Head Start/Early Head Start Centers and other individuals who are representatives of the community.

Policy Council Composition:

At least 51% of the members of the Head Start program Policy Council must be parents or legal guardians of children currently enrolled in the Head Start program. The Parent Policy Council representative will be elected by the center Parent Committee and approved by the full Policy Council. This membership includes one parent and one alternate for each Head Start county and two at-large Early Head Start parents and alternates. There will also be seven at-large community representatives.

Parent Members:

Only parents/legal guardians of currently enrolled Head Start/Early Head Start children may serve as parent representatives to the Policy Council. Parent representatives will be elected at the first parent meeting.

Community Representatives:

These members represent public and private agencies and civic groups, community business or industry, or professional organizations, which have a concern for children and families. Parents of former Head Start children may serve as community representatives on the Policy Council, if they have not met the three-year maximum. Community representatives must be elected by the parents of children currently enrolled in the program. The number of community representatives cannot exceed 49% of the total Council.

Staff Membership:

No staff member of the Head Start program or members of their families shall serve on the Policy Council. Family is defined as employee’s spouse, brother, sister, parents, children, step-children, father-in-law, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, and any other member of the employee’s household. Staff may attend council meetings, upon request of the council, in a non-voting capacity. If a parent member becomes a Head Start employee while serving on the Policy Council, that individual must resign from the Policy Council. The alternate member will become the representative and a new alternate will be elected.

Board Membership:

The Concerted Services, Inc. Governing Board will have representation from the Head Start program Policy Council and the Policy Council will have representation from the Concerted Services, Inc. Board. This will ensure coordination of shared governance.

Terms of Membership:

It is important that the membership of policy groups be rotated to assure a regular influx of new ideas into the program. For this purpose, members will serve one-year terms, and total membership must be limited to no more than five years in a lifetime. It does not matter whether the time is served in five consecutive years, or at different intervals. This policy allows a greater number of people to participate in making plans and decisions affecting the Head Start program. Persons having served five years as policy group members may continue to serve as ad hoc members of committees or may train new members.

Policy Council Members

You can find details by using the Policy Council Roster in the Head Start Resources Links,
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By-laws

You can find details by using the CSI Head Start Policy Council By-Laws in the Head Start Resources Links,
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Policy Council Meeting and Training Calendar

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