Structure of Head Start
Every year Adams County Head Start establishes and maintains a formal structure of shared governance through which parents take an active role and participate in the decision-making process of the program. This structure consists of parent committees at each center and the Policy Council.
The Adams County Head Start Policy Council is comprised of Head Start parents (one representative and one alternate per center) and local community representatives. Policy Council parent representatives are elected each year at their individual center committee meetings. Policy Council members work in partnership with management staff and the Adams County Board of Commissioners
to develop, review and approve agency policies, goals and funding applications. In addition, Policy Council members approve all the hiring and termination of Head Start staff and participate in an annual self-assessment.
These committees provide Head Start parents 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. All the parents / caregivers of enrolled Head Start children can be part of the parent committees at his/her center.
Parents are elected at the beginning of the school year to hold different leadership positions in the committees. These positions include a chairperson, a vice chairperson and a secretary. Parents who hold these positions work closely with the staff members to plan and facilitate their center activities and center committee meetings.