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Importance of a Code of Conduct for Your Board, Policy Council, & Tribal Council
Mel Gravely
12-September-2019

Importance of a Code of Conduct for Your Board, Policy Council, & Tribal Council

According to Sec 642(c) of the Head Start Act, all Head Start designees are required to have a formal structure for program governance, including the formation of a governing body and policy council. The section goes into detail about the responsibilities of the board and policy council, including the composition of each group and who…

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How many people are required at your board meeting or policy council to achieve a quorum?
Mel Gravely
30-June-2019

How many people are required at your board meeting or policy council to achieve a quorum?

Every time we host a webinar on record keeping or on the three entities of Head Start/Early Head Start, we get the same question: “What is the minimum amount of members that must be present at a Board or Policy Council meeting to achieve a quorum? “ The answer to this question is actually pretty…

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The Three Entities of Head Start/Early Head Start Program Governance Structure
Mel Gravely
09-January-2019

The Three Entities of Head Start/Early Head Start Program Governance Structure

We recently gave a free webinar on the three entities of Head Start/Early Head Start Program Governance Structure. (Sign up for our mailing list to receive notices about upcoming free webinars). In that webinar, we talked about the roles and responsibilities of each entity, as well as training and reporting requirements. Based on the questions…

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Why Should Parents Serve on Policy Council?
Mel Gravely
03-April-2018

Why Should Parents Serve on Policy Council?

As Head Start professionals, we know that Head Start needs parents’ input to succeed. With new regulations cropping up and in an ever-changing world, the guidance of parents is sorely needed to run a program that meets the needs of the community, the children, and parents. However, when talking with parents and trying to gauge…

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Eight Ways to Get and Keep Policy Council Members
Mel Gravely
16-March-2018

Eight Ways to Get and Keep Policy Council Members

People want to have a voice and be part of something bigger than themselves. It’s easy to type a hashtag on social media. It’s a lot harder to effect real change. How can you do that? Head Start programs are based on family engagement. But is it really embedded in your program? Does your program…

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Using Training as a Means to Increase Parent Involvement
Mel Gravely
15-February-2017

Using Training as a Means to Increase Parent Involvement

Parent Participation is Essential The skill to manage ideas and motivate people to action is perhaps the most critical asset to any Head Start program. As we know, parent participation is essential to successful program outcomes, however, it’s not always easy to get parents involved. That’s why upfront and ongoing training, especially when it relates…

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To Do List for Your Policy Council
Mel Gravely
10-December-2016

To Do List for Your Policy Council

The new Head Start Performance Standards didn’t change much on the area of the policy council/committees. Since this was already revised in the Head start Act, it largely remained the same. Establishing policy councils and policy committees. “Each agency must establish and maintain a policy council responsible for the direction of the Head Start program…

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Training Your Governing Body and Policy Council
Mel Gravely
09-November-2016

Training Your Governing Body and Policy Council

Training takes front and center stage in Head Start. In order to run a fully compliant Head Start program, I’m sure you’ve realized by now that plenty of training is needed. What does the governing body need to know? In Part 1301.5, I quote “An agency must provide appropriate training and technical assistance or orientation…

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Benefits of Head Start Program Governance Training
Mel Gravely
08-August-2016

Benefits of Head Start Program Governance Training

You may ask what the benefits are of familiarizing Staff and Policy Council with the Head Start Act 2007 and the Program Governance. First, the Performance Standards was published in 1974 and revised in 1996 and again in 2015, with the most recent proposed changes scheduled to take effect in school year 2017.  The Performance…

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The Relationship between a Head Start Governing Body and Policy Council
Mel Gravely
06-June-2016

The Relationship between a Head Start Governing Body and Policy Council

The Head Start Act provides that Head Start agencies must “establish and maintain a formal structure for program governance, for the oversight of quality services for Head Start children and families and for making decisions related to program design and implementation.” This means the formation of both a Governing Body and a Policy Council. Governing…

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