Head Start Policy Council

WHAT IS PARENT POLICY COUNCIL?

Parent Policy Council is the governing body of the R/K CAA Head Start Program and acts as the parents' voice in making major decisions for Head Start.
 
Parent Policy Council is comprised parents/guardians of currently enrolled children and representatives of our community to make 19 voting members. During the first Parent Center meeting of each school year, parents are selected by election to represent their sites. The breakdown of parent members is as follows:
 
Grand Avenue: 8 Representatives
Green Street:   4 Representatives
Union Grove:    1 Representative
Burlington:       1 Representative
 
Four members from the Racine Community are elected to the Policy Council as Community Representatives as well as one member of the R/K CAA Board of Directors bringing the total voting members to 19.
 
WHY IS THERE PARENT POLICY COUNCIL?
 
Head Start Performance Standards require that every Head Start Program have a Parent Policy Council.  In order for a Head Start program to continue to receive Federal funding there must be an active Policy Council. 
 
WHAT DOES PARENT POLICY COUNCIL DO?
 
The Parent Policy Council works in collaboration with the R/K CAA Board of Directors to govern the Head Start program through what is called Shared Governance.  At Parent Policy Council meetings representatives review, share input, and vote on matters such as:
 
-          Personnel Reports
-          Financial Reports
-          Changes in policies
-          Requests for use of the funds
 
Parent Policy Council Members are provided continuous on-going training to best equip them with the tools to be a successful members.  Local program updates as well as national legislative updates are provided during monthly meetings.
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