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Policy Council Elections 2011-2012 Presented by Karen Johnson and Sara Schumacher Rock-Walworth head start & early head start
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 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of the month) • Meetings are from 6:00PM—8:00PM • Meeting located at the Beloit Head Start Center • 1221 Henry Ave. Policy council elgibilty
Federal guidelines for policy Council • “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.”
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)
WE ARE HERE TONIGHT TO ELECT POLICY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES FOR GOOD SHEPHERD HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START
Families the agency funds Total: 500 Funded Families
Rock County Sites Walworth County Sites Where are our enrolled families?
Early Head Start: Good Shepherd—Beloit: 17 Community Kids—Beloit: 19 Janesville Little Tree House: 24 Rock County Expansion: 20 Walworth County Expansion: 40 Early Head Start Families
How Many Policy Council Representatives Do We Need? Walworth County:Rock County: Delavan : 1 Beloit Center: 3 Sharon: 1 Good Shepherd: 1 Lake Geneva: 1 St. Peter’s: 1 Whitewater: 1 Jefferson: 1 Elkhorn: 1 Early Head Start: Little Tree House: 1 Good Shepherd: 1 Community Kids: 1 Walworth County: 1 TOTAL: 17 Policy Council Representatives!
How does Hs/ehs receive funds? 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
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 Our program Must have:
In order to continue to serve families….. • 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!!
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! Are you ready?
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
CAN YOU???? Commit to a once a month meeting held in Beloit? Commit to attending the mandatory Policy Council Training? DATE:WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16TH 5:00PM—8:00PM Ask Yourself….
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
YOU WILL LEARN MORE THAN YOU WOULD EVER IMAGINE AND YOU CAN AND WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!
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.
REMEMBER Good Shepherd HS/EHS Needs: 1 Representative for HS AND 1 Representative for EHS
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 299-1500 Ext 13 Leave a message on her voicemail.