Wilmington Head Start encourages parents to become involved with the Head Start program. There are two ways to do this: the Policy Council and the Parents Committee.
WHS Policy Council
Generally, the Policy Council is a sounding board for the Wilmington Head Start Executive Director and managers, but more importantly the Council recommends and advises agency management on various policies and procedures. For example, the Policy Council must review and approve or disapprove policies and procedures surrounding the operation of the Head Start program. It would also review all funding applications and amendments to funding applications for the agency, and the Council would also review and approve or disapprove procedures describing how the governing body and the appropriate policy group will make decisions. Please note the box to the right which contains a list of the Policy Council authorities.
The Policy Council must be comprised of two types of representatives: 1. Parents of currently enrolled children and 2. Community representatives. At least 51% of the Council members must be parents of currently enrolled children and one parent representative should be nominated from each center (larger centers with more than 60 children shall have two representatives). Community representatives must be from the local community such as businesses, civic and professional organizations and others who are familiar with resources and services for low income children and families, including for example the parents of formerly enrolled children. Included as members of the Council is the Executive Director (non-voting), the Comptroller (non-voting), and the Family Partnership Specialist (non-voting).
The Policy Council meets the third Tuesday of every month from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Community Service Building, 100 W. 10th St., in Wilmington.
All parents members of the Policy Council must stand for election or reelection annually. All community representatives must also be selected annually.
Policy Council Authorities
- All funding applications and amendments to funding applications for Early Head Start and Head Start
- Procedures describing how the governing body and the appropriate policy group will make decisions
- Engages in Strategic Planning for the Head Start agency
- With whom the Head Start or Early Head Start agency will partner
- Annual self-assessment of the Head Start agency’s fiscal, programmatic operations
- Program personnel policies including standards of conduct for program staff, consultants, and volunteers
- Decisions to hire or terminate the Early Head Start or Head Start director
- Decisions to hire or terminate any person who works primarily for the Early Head Start or Head Start program
- Serve as a link to the Parent Committees, grantee and delegate agency governing bodies, public and private organizations, and the communities they serve