Program Governance In Head Start


Parent Committee: All parents of enrolled children are automatically members of a Parent Committee, which is formed at the center-level. Parent Committees provide every parent of an enrolled child with the opportunity to assist in the development of activities that address their interests and needs and that support the education and healthy development of their children.

Policy Council: The Policy Council has policy-making authority and is governed by locally determined bylaws that ensure clarity and consistency in function and purpose. Membership of the Policy Council is made up of at least 51% of current Head Start parents. The remaining representatives are community representatives who have a concern for children of low-income eligible families.

Governing Body: This group, which is called the BROC Board of Directors, is legally responsible for overseeing the program and setting the program’s financial priorities. The BROC Board of Directors ensure that the program is in compliance with Federal laws and regulations, Head Start Performance Standards, State, Tribal, local laws and regulations, including laws defining the nature and operations of the governing body.