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Policy Council

NEMCSA Head Start/Early Head Start Policy Council

Former policy council member Tina, "Being on Policy Council you get to advocate for your child as well as everyone else's children"

What is Policy Council? 

Policy Council is a group of parents and community members elected at the center level. This group takes part in the decision and policy-making of the NEMCSA Early Childhood programs. It is an essential part of the Governance structure that helps guide the program.

How do I join Policy Council?

Parents and guardians of children enrolled in a program can be elected by their local parent group. Each local program has a parent group. Each parent group will elect a chairperson and a vice chairperson. The chairperson and/or the vice chairperson will join the Policy Council.

Members from the community are also elected to the Policy Council as Community Representatives. These can be past parents or community partners.

What is my role as a member?

Your role as an elected member means that you will represent the parents' voice in the program. Policy Council members have a voice in decisions that affect policies and program operations.

As an elected member you will have the opportunity to take part on several committees. Committees are established as needed but will include Executive, Personnel, Budget, and Program.

What will I need to do?

As a member, you are expected to attend all Policy Council meetings. Meetings are monthly (November – October) and are generally held on the 3rd Friday of each month.

If you are interested in serving on Policy Council, please contact your local program staff.

Becoming a member of the Policy Council is a commitment, a chance for personal growth, and an opportunity to serve others.  It is a win-win situation for everyone!