The Policy Council is an elected group of parents and community members who work with the program administration to ensure all programs are high quality and supportive of families. The group is comprised of representatives from each child development site and program option. Each home base class also has one representative. Policy Council members meet monthly to discuss program issues, review goals, approve grants and budgets and make recommendations for improving services. By-laws indicate how participation takes place and how representatives are elected. Policy Council meetings are open to all parents however only elected representatives may vote. Policy Council information is then shared by each representative at their next class meeting. Policy Council meetings are public meetings. The meetings are run according to guidelines described in Roberts Rules of Order and the Ralph M. Brown Act law. The Policy Council is a “governing body” within the Head Start and Early Head Start Program because it was “created by state or federal law”. As a public agency, these programs must conduct these meetings following the Brown Act.
If you would like a copy of the complete Policy Council meeting packet, please contact the Child Development Office at 530-295-2322.