Policy Council consists of selected classroom parents from all centers and acts as a governing body for Head Start. The Policy Council members help plan and develop program goals, approve various policies, approve hiring and firing decisions, as well as approve budget and work plans. By seeking ways to enrich their child’s experience in Head Start, parents also learn about nutrition, budget management, and the various concepts of child development and child rearing. Whether or not you are a representative, all parents have an open invitation to attend Policy Council meetings. Policy Council meets a minimum of 9 times per year. The Council has five ad-hoc committees to deal with specific issues.
Executive Committee: Primary functions are to set policy council agendas, design initiatives, and act as the budget committee to review and approve grants and budget reports.
Personnel Committee: Previews hiring procedures, policies and procedures, and establishes roles for parents in screening, interviewing, and selection of the hiring of employees.
Partnership Committee: Primary function is to enhance partnerships between parents and staff through trainings and public relations, review systems to link parents with various opportunities available to them, and review enrollment policy.
Health Committee: Primary function is to promote healthy, well-fed children by enhancing nutrition and food services in centers, assess nutrition and health services in the community as they affect Head Start families, develop plans to close gaps in services, and review health and safety policies for centers.
Education Committee: Reviews transition plans for children, develops new and creative ways for parents to be involved in their child’s education, and reviews program curricula and child outcome measurement systems.
How do I become a member of Policy Council?
Parent Representation – Each program has a Center Parent Committee. Parent representatives for Policy Council will be elected from the respective center parent committees prior to the October Policy Council meeting. Parent representatives must have child(ren) enrolled in KVCAP’s Head Start program.
Community Representation – Any parent or staff person can submit to the Executive Committee names of representatives of major agencies and/or community, civic, or professional organizations, which have a concern for children, and who can contribute to the program as community representatives on the council. Policy Council must approve such representation.