Policy Council – No experience necessary, just a desire to learn more

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 brochure –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 meets the second Tuesday of the month from 6-9pm at the Whiteaker Head Start Center, 21 North Grand St, Eugene. The 2019-2020 dates are:

August 13, 2019

September 10, 2019

October 8, 2019 (October 24 is training for new members)

November 12, 2019

December 10, 2019

January 7, 2020

February 11, 2020

March 10, 2020

April 14, 2020

May 12, 2020

June 9, 2020

No July meeting

August 11, 2020

September 8, 2020

October 13, 2020

November 10, 2020 (completed one-year term)

Other Important Groups

• Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, Attendance (ERSEA) Committee meets to discuss ways to inform and attract families to Head Start.

• Curriculum Committee meets to discuss classroom supplies, equipment and curriculum used.

• Health Services Advisory Committee is a group of professionals meeting to review data on the health of Lane County children.

• Hiring Panels want parents to be part of the interview and recommendation process to hire the most qualified person for the job.

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 youngest citizens.

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 2018-2019 schedule is:

August 20, 2019

September 17, 2019

October 15, 2019

November 19, 2019

December 17, 2019

January 21, 2020

February 18, 2020

March 17, 2020

April 21, 2020

May 19, 2020

June 16, 2020

July – no meeting scheduled