Organizational Leadership

Head Start Policy Council Series

The founders of Head Start have always viewed parents as critical partners in its work to educate young children. They also understood that this partnership meant parents should help decide which services would most benefit their families and those in the community. As a result, Head Start created a formal leadership and policy-making role for parents and community members called the Policy Council.

Explore this series to learn more about how you can support parents serving on your program’s Policy Council. Review the tip sheets with parents to provide them with a better understanding of how to join the Policy Council, what it will be like to serve, and when it is time to leave.

For Providers

For Parents and Families

Find answers to common questions that parents and families often have about the Policy Council. Download all the tip sheets for parents and families.

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