New Directions Early Head Start Policy Council
What is Policy Council?
- Elected group of parents and community persons that share the responsibility for overseeing the delivery of services to families in New Directions Early Head Start.
- Council members have the authority and opportunity to participate in shared decision-making about the design and operation of the program.
What does Policy Council do?
- Represent families enrolled in NDEHS.
- Establish program policies.
- Identify goals and objectives for NDEHS.
- Review financial statements and explore program resources.
- Determine ways to solve any complaints about the program.
- Serve as a link to the Parent Committees.
- Foster positive community relationships.
Who is on Policy Council?
- At least 51% of the members of the Policy Council must be parents of currently enrolled children enrolled in the program.
- Representatives from community organizations who share the mission of New Directions Early Head Start and former parents make up the other % of the Policy Council.
What does Policy Council require of its members?
- A one year commitment.
- Attend five Policy Council meetings per year.
- Attend trainings throughout the year on various issues related to Policy Council.
- Participation on a Policy Council committee.
What can Policy Council offer its members?
- Learn new skills.
- Gain self-confidence.
- Learn more about New Directions Early Head Start.
- Meet new people.
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