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Policy Council Portal


Welcome to our Policy Council Portal

The Policy Council is a group of Head Start and Early Head Start parents and community members who help lead and make decisions about our program.

Policy Council members are elected by the parents of children enrolled in the program.

The Policy Council meets monthly as a group. Members can serve for one year at a time, and for up to five years. They work closely with the program's management team and governing body to provide overall direction for the program.

The Policy Council represents parents' voices and perspectives to guide decisions about our program. Policy Councils welcome parents and family members from all backgrounds and family structures. They may be mothers and fathers of all ages, grandparents, foster or adoptive parents, or other important adults in a child's life.

As a parent, you may wonder what the Policy Council is and about its role in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. You may have questions about how to join, serve on, or leave the Policy Council. We encourage you to discuss your questions with our Program Governance Coordinator.  Elections for new parent representatives to Policy Council will take place during September.  

Alicia Carter (Program Governance Coordinator) at 301-797-5231 x 126 or

Policy Council  Meeting “Minutes” are shared monthly on Class Dojo App and posted on this webpage for the parents to review .

Policy Council Information Below:

PDF icon PC By-Law 2023 updated.pdf

PDF icon Head Start Policy Council Tips.pdf

Current Policy Council Members 2023-2024

File Policy Council with images revised Nov 2023 revision.docx

Policy Council Meeting Schedule

Meeting Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Meeting Location: Currently being held virtually. If/when it is safe to meet in person, the meetings are held at our Sargent Shriver Center, 837 Spruce Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Meeting Dates and Information




September 18, 2023


PDF icon September 18 2023 Policy Council Minutes.pdf

October 16, 2023


PDF icon October 16 2023 Policy Council Minutes.pdf

November 13, 2023


PDF icon November 13 2023 Policy Council Minutes.pdf

December 11, 2023


PDF icon December 11 2023 Policy Council Minutes.pdf

January 22, 2024


PDF icon January 22 2024 Policy Council Minutes.pdf

February 12, 2024


PDF icon February 12 2024 Policy Council Minutes.pdf

March 25, 2024 Completed 
PDF icon March 25 2024 Policy Council Minutes.pdf

April 15, 2024


PDF icon April 15 2024 Policy Council Minutes.pdf

May 13, 2024


PDF icon May 13 2024 Policy Council Minutes.pdf

June 10, 2024