Head Start Policy Council

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Policy Council is a group of elected Head Start parents and community members that participate and share in the decision-making process for the Head Start program. Parents, Head Start staff, and Policy Council members work together and provide leadership to: 

  • Strengthen their community. 
  • Communicate within their communities about the interests and needs of Head Start families.
  • Assist in improving existing educational and family services or bringing in new services.

Each Head Start site has an elected Representative and one or two Alternates on the Council. Past parents and community members are also invited to be part of the Policy Council.

Head Start Administration would like to thank those parents and community members who have volunteered their time to serve on the Council. 


Policy Council Meetings

All members (Representatives, Alternates, and Community Members) attend monthly meetings. Meetings are held on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. If you are a parent or guardian of a currently enrolled student, please reach out to your classroom advocate for more information on how to participate on the Council. 

Policy Council ByLaws

Community Member Application

Policies and Procedures

The program's policies and procedures is based on Head Start's Program Performance Standards and Tacoma Public Schools Policies and Procedures. 

The program is currently updating and revising all policies and procedures to align with Head Start Program Performance Standards 45 CFR Chapter XIII.  Updated policies will be posted after approval from Policy Council.

Performance Standards CFR Chapter XIII

Tacoma Public Schools Policy Manual

Head Start Policies and Procedures (older version)

Head Start Policies and Procedures (updates in process)


22-23 Meeting Dates and Minutes
October 20, 2022 (Orientation)
November 15, 2022
December 13, 2022
January 24, 2023
February 28, 2023
March 21, 2023
April 25, 2023 - Meeting Cancelled
May 23, 2023 - pending approval
June 13, 2023