KCHS Policy Council is a leadership group made up mostly of current Head Start and Early Head Start parents and community representatives. The Policy Council is similar to a parent/teacher organization in a school, but operates with real authority. The Policy Council helps the Board of Directors and the Executive Director to govern the agency. Members of the Policy Council help the leadership of Head Start to understand the ideas and the needs of parents in our program. They also remind us of the parent’s perspective when we consider how our program is designed for children and families.
The Policy Council must be made up of at least 51% of current Head Start and Early Head Start parents. Often, former parents will continue to serve for a time on the Council, to lend their experience to current parents. Community members serve as well. Members may serve for a maximum of three years and are re-elected annually. This is a great opportunity to meet and connect with other parents within the County, to learn more about programs that serve your child, and to help all of the members of Knox County Head Start make it the best it can be!
Interested in Serving?
If you are interested in serving in one of the open positions, please contact Halle Krajenski at 740-397-1344, ext. 339.
Vacant spots can be filled throughout the year with an election process completed at your center. Contact Halle (above) for details. Yearly elections are held in September, and a new Policy Council is seated each year in October.
Current open positions include:
- New Hope Early Education Center Early Head Start Representative
- New Hope Early Education Center Early Half Day Head Start Representative
- Early Head Start Home Based Representative
- Northgate Head Start Representative
- Family Child Care Partnership
- Community Representative
Policy Council assists the Board of Directors and Agency leadership in establishing the direction of the Head Start program in Knox County, and specifically gives input into and recommends for approval to the KCHS Board of Directors:
- Funding applications or changes to funding applications
- Hiring and/or termination of most employees
- Policies and procedures
- Program design
The Policy Council typically meets on the third Thursday of each month at 5:15 p.m. in Conference Rooms 30-31 at the New Hope Early Education Center. Active members receive dinner and child care, along with a small travel stipend.