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Policy Council

It is important to recognize that Early Head Start and Head Start are the first steps in making sure that no child is left behind. And that when we come together as parents, staff, Policy Councils, and governing Boards we can ensure that our youngest children have a solid foundation for life.

Policy Council members are currently enrolled Head Start parents and interested community members who act as a link between those people making and carrying out decisions and the people Head Start serves. Policy Council members are elected by their peers (see Policy Council handbook -English / Spanish)

Policy Council must work in partnership with key management and the Board of Directors to develop, review and approve policies, strategic directions, criteria for the recruitment, selection and enrollment of children, funding applications, personnel and other business orientated activities that requires Policy Council's approval. A governance flow chart helps link management, Board and Policy Council responsibilities together.

Policy Council puts the parent in the leadership position. It opens up the situation to where the parent says, "Yes, I can have a voice in some of what's happening to my life, my community, my children, my family, my child's education. What I think and how I am involved really matters." A monthly newsletter, "Policy Council (PC) Parent Chat" provides a forum for Policy Council to share information with other Head Start parents.

February 2018 Newsletter English | Spanish

Policy Council meets the second Tuesday of the month from 6-9pm at the Whiteaker Head Start Center, 21 North Grand St, Eugene. The 2015-2016 dates are:
August  8, 2017
September 12, 2017
October 10, 2017
October 26, 2017 is the New Council training
November 14, 2017
December 12, 2017
January 9, 2018
February 13, 2018
March 13, 2018
April 10, 2018
May 8, 2018
June 12, 2018
July - No meeting scheduled

Other Important Groups

• Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, Attendance (ERSEA) Committee
• Curriculum Committee
• Health Services Advisory Committee
• Hiring Panels

Board of Directors

Head Start of Lane County Board of Directors represent community members with experience in fiscal management, legal and early childhood education, the Policy Council Vice Chair and past Head Start parents. Additional Board members reflect the communities served in Lane County.

This partnership helps to ensure that professional skills and business knowledge are balanced with the equally important voices of families who have children in the program. Volunteering many hours, the Board of Directors help guide and direct our program to benefit our community's neediest children.

The Board of Directors meets the third Tuesday of the month from 6-8pm at the Head Start central office, 221 B Street, Springfield. The 2015-2016 schedule is:
August 15, 2017
September 19, 2017
October 17, 2017
November 21, 2017
December 19, 2017
January 16, 2018
February 20, 2018
March 20, 2018
April 12, 2018
May 15, 2018
June 19, 2018
July - no meeting scheduled

Board Members
Sid Crenwelge, Chair
Paulette Ansari, Vice Chair
Karianne Conway, Secretary
Charlie Kimball
Ed Feil
Jeff Kirtner
Chad Hamilton
Mandy Hilton (Policy Council Vice-Chair)

Executive Policy Council Members
Gena Weishar, Chair
Mandy Hilton, Vice Chair
Tiffany Sandeson, Secretary
David Garrett, Parliamentarian
Anelica Guerrero, Treasurer
Jeri Reed, Historian