Head Start Policy Council

The Policy Council is a group of Head Start and Early Head Start parents and community members who help lead and make decisions about their program. Policy Council members are elected by the parents of children enrolled in the program.

Head Start created the Policy Council as a formal leadership and policy-making role for parents. Through the Policy Council, parents have a voice in decisions about how the program spends money, what children do in their classrooms, and how the program works with community partners.

Children, parents, and the program benefit when parents take on leadership roles. Children learn more and experience healthier development at school and at home. Parents can become more confident, gain skills, and connect with other parents and staff. Program staff learn about the strengths, interests, and needs of the children, families, and community they serve.

2023-2024 Parent Policy Council

  • April Johnston – Policy Council Chair – Representative from Jeannette Center

  • Viktoria Jones – Representative from R.K. Mellon Center

  • Jamaica Branch – Representative from Irwin Center

  • Ashley Boehm – Representative from Laurel Valley Center

  • Evan Ward – Representative from New Kensington Center

  • Maygon Guhl – Representative from New Kensington Center

  • Latosha Sanford – Representative from New Kensington Center

  • Courtney Zambo – Representative from Scottdale Center