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Policy

Parents are informed about policies, guidelines, and other communications from the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF) on a timely basis.

Procedure

  1. Site orientation meetings for the purpose of familiarizing parents with policies affecting them occur immediately upon enrollment. Orientation meeting subjects include reporting suspected child abuse or neglect, component services, and special needs services. (see Parent Orientation policy).
  2. Every month of the program year, other policies, guidelines, and communications from ACYF are shared with the Policy Council and committees that are in the need to know. Appropriate materials are distributed to parents and/or are posted on bulletin boards in classrooms.
  3. Policy Council members are trained to understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to the site committees. (see Policy Council Meeting Skills, Policy Council Removal from Office, Policy Council Limitations on Memberships, and Policy Council Sub-Committees and Description of Standing Committees policy)
  4. Consultants and RMs ensure a flow of communication between the program and parents.

This policy complies with Head Start Performance Standard 45 CFR Section 1304.50.
It was approved by Policy Council on September 9, 1997.
Updated January 17, 2001. May 2013

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