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We strongly believe in parents & caregivers as leaders. 

Head Start believes that parents and caregivers should have a voice in the decision-making and direction of the agency. Our Policy Council consists of peer-elected parents and caregivers who work closely with the Board of Directors and key management staff to make decisions about our agency’s spending, classroom curriculums, facilities, hiring, and more! 

Policy Council members are elected by the parents of children enrolled in the program.  The Policy Council meets regularly as a group. Members can serve for one year at a time, and for up to five years. 

Policy Council

Looking to get involved?

If you are interested in forming a part of our Policy Council and work in partnership with the Board of Directors and key management staff to develop the direction of the Head Start and Early Head Start programs, approve policies, and fulfill other key responsibilities. And are a past SOCFC Parent, Past Policy Council Member or a Community Member that works for an agency that provides early childhood education and development that works with children and families and are interested in participating on Policy Council for Southern Oregon Head Start please use the link to fill out the application.

Applications for school year 2023-2024 will be closed on October 12th 2023

All applications will be reviewed by our PC Executive Leadership team and our SOCFC Directors

And will be voted in by our Policy Council 2023-2024 team.



Policy council is an opportunity for parents to share their unique perspective about their community and center needs with head start management and our board of directors. Head Start created the Policy Council as a formal leadership and policy-making role for parents. Today, every Head Start and Early Head Start program must have a Policy Council as part of its leadership structure. 

If you are looking for an opportunity to advocate for the needs of your child, travel and attend state and national conferences, and be a representative voice for your center, Policy Council is the place for you. 

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“Head Start changed the way I view society. Our team demonstrates the mission of diversity, inclusion, and belonging. I feel more confident to go out of my comfort zone and go back to the community – looking for how I can contribute.” – Central Point Head Start Parent, 2023 

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