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. The Head Start Program Governance Resource book is a good review. The HSOLC Policy Council handbook includes the bylaws. (English / Spanish)

Policy Council meets the second Tuesday of the month from 6-8pm at the Whiteaker Head Start Center, 21 North Grand St, Eugene. The meeting dates are:

November 8, 2022

December 13, 2022

January 10, 2023

February 14, 2023

March 14, 2023

April 11, 2023

May 9, 2023

June 13, 2023

No July meeting

August 8, 2023

September 12, 2023

October 10, 2023

November 14, 2023 (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 2020-2021 schedule is:

August 16, 2022

September 20, 2022

October 18, 2022

November 15, 2022

December 20, 2022

January 17, 2023

February 21, 2023

March 21, 2023

April 18, 2023

May 16, 2023

June 20, 2023

July – summer recess