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Policy Council

It is important to recognize that Early Head Start and Head Start are the first steps in making sure that no child is left behind. And that when we come together as parents, staff, Policy Councils, and governing Boards we can ensure that our youngest children have a solid foundation for life.

Policy Council members are currently enrolled Head Start parents and interested community members who act as a link between those people making and carrying out decisions and the people Head Start serves. Policy Council members are elected by their peers (see Policy Council handbook -English / Spanish)

Policy Council must work in partnership with key management and the Board of Directors to develop, review and approve policies, strategic directions, criteria for the recruitment, selection and enrollment of children, funding applications, personnel and other business orientated activities that requires Policy Council's approval. A governance flow chart helps link management, Board and Policy Council responsibilities together.

Policy Council meets the second Tuesday of the month from 6-9pm at the Whiteaker Head Start Center, 21 North Grand St, Eugene. The 2018-2019 dates are:

August  14, 2018
September 11, 2018
October 9, 2018
October 25, 2018 is the New Council training
November 13, 2018
December 11, 2018
January 8, 2019
February 12, 2019
March 12, 2019
April 9, 2019
May 14, 2019
June 11, 2019
July - No meeting scheduled

Other Important Groups

• Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, Attendance (ERSEA) Committee
• Curriculum Committee
• Health Services Advisory Committee
• Hiring Panels

Board of Directors

Head Start of Lane County Board of Directors represent community members with experience in fiscal management, legal and early childhood education, the Policy Council Vice Chair and past Head Start parents. Additional Board members reflect the communities served in Lane County.

This partnership helps to ensure that professional skills and business knowledge are balanced with the equally important voices of families who have children in the program. Volunteering many hours, the Board of Directors help guide and direct our program to benefit our community's neediest children.

The Board of Directors meets the third Tuesday of the month from 6-8pm at the Head Start central office, 221 B Street, Springfield. The 2018-2019 schedule is:
August 21, 2018
September 18, 2018
October 16, 2018
November 20, 2018
December 18, 2018
January 15, 2019
February 19, 2019
March 19, 2019
April 16, 2019
May 14, 2019
June 18, 2019
July - no meeting scheduled

Board Members
Sid Crenwelge, Chair
Paulette Ansari, Vice Chair
Karianne Conway, Secretary
Charlie Kimball
Ed Feil
Jeff Kirtner
Chad Hamilton
Mandy Field (Policy Council Vice-Chair)

Executive Policy Council Members
Gena Weishar, Chair
Mandy Field, Vice Chair
Tiffany Sandeson, Secretary
David Garrett, Parliamentarian
Anelica Guerrero, Treasurer
Jeri Reed, Historian