Program Governance

There is a Program Governance structure in place at the Center for Family Resources to support the delivery of quality services to children and families, and to support the meaningful role of parents in shared decision-making. Parents are able to participate in developing and implementing local program policies, activities, and services. The structure consists of Parent Committees, the Policy Council, and the Board of Directors.


Parent Committee

Any parent and or guardian, whose child is currently enrolled in Head Start is a member of the Parent Committee, at the site where his/her child attends. Each Parent Committee meets once per month either at the site your child attends or at a location convenient to participants. Refreshments are served at these meetings.

During the Parent Committee meetings, parents can arrange for trainings specific to their own needs and interests and help teachers choose field trips. Each Parent Committee elects representatives and alternates. This is an opportunity for parents to connect with other parents at their site.

Check out the events calendar for the next parent committee meeting for your site. INSERT LINK


Policy Council

The Policy Council is composed of elected parent representatives from each of the Center for Family Resources sites as well as Community Representatives. Each Parent Committee elects representatives and alternates in October of each year. It is necessary to have at least 51% of the members of the Policy Council be parents or guardians of currently enrolled children.

The Policy Council Representatives elect their own officers:

  • Chairperson
  • Vice Chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Policy Council representatives attend monthly meetings at the Ringwood site on Thursday mornings. The Policy Council’s main responsibility is to participate in developing policies and procedures for the operation of all phases of the Head Start program.

The Parent Involvement Specialist provides the Policy Council parents with technical support. Participating parents will receive reimbursement any incurred expenses, such as child care. Mileage will be reimbursed when using your own vehicle.


Board of Directors

The Center for Family Resources’ Board of Directors consists of parent representatives, community representatives, and the Executive Director. To become a member of the Board of Directors, you must be elected by the Parent Committee. Elections are held in September each year. The Board of Directors’ main responsibility is to set goals and oversee legal and fiscal operations of the program. The Board of Directors meets once a month at the Ringwood site on Friday afternoons. Participating parents will receive reimbursement any incurred expenses, such as child care. Mileage will be reimbursed when using your own vehicle.


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