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Policy Council Basics

On-Demand • Online • 3 PD Hours

Policy Council Basics provides an overview of Head Start’s structure, helping parents grow as leaders and decision-makers.


Parents are key to the success of Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The Policy Council gives parents a seat at the table to make that difference. Policy Council Basics provides an overview of everything from Head Start’s federal structure to grant recipients’ fiscal responsibilities, helping parents grow as leaders and decision-makers.

Start Date: On-Demand

Course Level: Beginner

Requirements/Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: Parents and Families

Course Meeting Times: None

Completion Timeline/Duration: One month

Head Start Alignment: This course supports programs in meeting the 1301.3 Policy council and policy committee requirements of the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) in which programs must “establish and maintain a policy council responsible for the direction of the Head Start program at the agency level, and a policy committee at the delegate level."

Course Outline

What learners are saying...

"This course helps show how important Policy Council is for Head Start. The Parents/guardians are a child's first and most important teacher and being on the Policy Council helps you understand this concept."

"The two most valuable parts are the history because it provides a basis for context and the overview provided of the responsibilities of the Policy Council."

Course Author

Rosalba Barragan

Rosalba Barragan

Rosalba Barragan is the vice chair of the National Head Start Association's Board of Directors. She is a mother of three and a Head Start parent. Rosalba began her Head Start journey as site committee president, PAC representative, Policy Council member, and parent liaison to the Board of Directors for Neighborhood House Association. She was then elected as a parent representative to the Region 9 Head Start Association and the National Head Start Association. Rosalba is passionate about high-quality early education and believes it to be vital that all children, no matter their background and socioeconomic standing, receive the best services possible.

Registration Rates

Regular Rate: $50

NHSA Member Rate: $25

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  • Online, Self-Paced Content
  • 3 Hours of Course Material
  • Video Content
  • 3 Months of Access to Online Course
  • Discussion Forum
  • Digital Badge
  • Certificate of Completion

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