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1 Policy Council Elections Presented by Karen Johnson and Sara Schumacher

2  Parent of a Head Start/Early Head Start child  Guardian of a HS/EHS child  Able to attend once a month evening meetings  Wednesday evenings (usually the 2 nd or 3 rd Wednesday of the month)  Meetings are from 6:00PM—8:00PM  Meeting located at the Beloit Head Start Center  1221 Henry Ave.

3  “Grantee Agencies (that’s us), and Delegate Agencies must establish and maintain a formal structure through which parents can participate in policy making, or in other decisions about the program.” Hiring Committee Recruitment Committee Review, Revise, and Vote on agency Policies and Procedures

4 Each Head Start and Early Head Start agency must consist of: A Policy Council at the Grantee level Parent Center Committee (this includes ALL Head Start/EHS Parents at a HS/EHS Center)

5 WE ARE HERE TONIGHT TO ELECT POLICY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES FOR GOOD SHEPHERD HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START

6 Federally Funded Families: 355 Families State of Wisconsin Funded Families: 25 Families Federally Funded Early Head Start Families 120 Families Total: 500 Funded Families

7 ROCK COUNTY SITESWALWORTH COUNTY SITES

8 Early Head Start: Good Shepherd— Beloit: 17 Community Kids— Beloit: 19 Janesville Little Tree House: 24 Rock County Expansion: 20 Walworth County Expansion: 40

9 How Many Policy Council Representatives Do We Need? Walworth County:Rock County: Delavan : 1Beloit Center: 3 Sharon: 1Good Shepherd: 1 Lake Geneva: 1St. Peter’s: 1 Whitewater: 1Jefferson: 1 Elkhorn: 1 Early Head Start: Little Tree House: 1 Good Shepherd: 1 Community Kids: 1 Walworth County: 1 TOTAL: 17 Policy Council Representatives!

10 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STATE OF WISCONSIN $ 3 MILLION $160,000 CFS HEADSTART Grant dollars travel through several departments before reaching: Rock-Walworth Head Start and Early Head Start

11  Board of Directors  To oversee legal and fiscal operations  Executive Director (Connie Robers)  To oversee program operations  Parent Policy Council  To help plan, approve decisions, participate in hiring, and a variety of decisions that affect our enrolled children and families

12  Our agency must have an ACTIVE Parent Policy Council!  Meet Regulations:  FEDERAL PERFORMANCE STANDARDS  State of WI Child Care licensing regulations  Dept. of Transportation regulations  HS/EHS Agency Policy and Procedures  IN-KIND’s completed and matched by all of our volunteers!!

13 In order to be a Policy Council Representative for your child’s center, you should know:  You must be the parent or legal guardian of a HS/EHS child  You cannot be related to any HS/EHS staff  You cannot be a HS/EHS staff  You must be free of convictions of any crime against a child.  Background disclosure— information will be kept confidential!

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15 Be respected as a HS/EHS parent and an important member of a decision making team Need to attend a mandatory Policy Council training for PC members— THIS IS FOR ADULTS ONLY! Receive travel dollars from your home to meetings and back (37.5 cents per mile) Receive $1 per hour/per child to help with babysitting costs Receive a healthy dinner at the monthly meeting

16  CAN YOU????  Commit to a once a month meeting held in Beloit?  Commit to attending the mandatory Policy Council Training? DATE: WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16 TH 5:00PM—8:00PM

17 WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT WHILE SERVING ON POLICY COUNCIL?

18  SHARE with the council the parent involvement activities at your child’s center  APPROVE or disapprove policies brought to the Policy Council  HAVE input on hiring staff, designing new program options, evaluating the program and so much more  TRAVEL as a representative of HS/EHS parents and the agency to trainings or events  Madison Capitol  Wisconsin Dells

19 YOU WILL LEARN MORE THAN YOU WOULD EVER IMAGINE AND YOU CAN AND WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!

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21  You may nominate yourself  You may nominate another parent  If you are interested you will be asked to tell the group why they should vote for you  If you are nominated you may decline the nomination  Each parent/guardian in the group votes for the person of their choice. Highest vote wins  We will only have the representative—there will NOT be an alternate or shared membership.

22 REMEMBER Good Shepherd HS/EHS Needs : 1 Representative for HS AND 1 Representative for EHS

23 IF YOU ARE ELECTED…. You will receive a letter from Cheryl Hutchison with the information in regards to your first training and meeting! Further questions: Call Cheryl at Ext 13 Leave a message on her voic .

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