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Leaders who are actively engaged in informed decision making ensure program integrityCollaborative governance concerns the relationship of the governing body (board of directors, board, or board of trustees as applicable), policy and parent committees, and program management. 

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program governance News

It is election time for the CPPC! The next CPPC meeting is scheduled as follows: CPPC Election of Officers/Community Representatives (FHSP) Wednesday, December 18, 2019 King Center, Room 106 4314 South King Drive 9:30am – 1:30pm Criteria for Running for Office for the CPPC Executive Committee CPPC Parent Delegates who are interested in running for CPPC must:

·Be a current Head Start/Early Head Start/Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership parent/guardian of a child(ren) currently enrolled in these programs
·Have a current 2019-2020 Letter of Certification on file with DFSS
·Be elected by their delegate agency Policy Committee to serve a one year term on the Policy Council as the delegate agency parent representative to the CPPC
·Be willing and available to attend and participate in Policy Council activities including, but not limited to:       
  o Monthly Executive Committee Meetings 
  o Quarterly Citywide Policy Council Meetings & Workshops 
  o CPPC Orientation and Installation of Officers Meeting 
  o CPPC Members Leadership Training Sessions o Special Call Meeting (as needed) 
  o Early Childhood Health Services Advisory Council Meetings
·Other meetings, work groups, as requested by DFSS
·Each candidate must submit a nomination application with two letters of recommendation; one from the program director and one from the policy committee chairperson or vice chair.
·CPPC members seeking to run for CPPC Chairperson must have served one year on the CPPC.
**Community Representatives only serve on and attend the CPPC Quarterly or Special Meetings; former CPPC members are eligible to serve as Community Representatives
*** Community Representative-Executive Committee must be a former Head Start parent.

Click here to download the Executive Committee Officer/Community Representative Nomination Application, and Basic Responsibilities.

program governance Policies & Procedures

Policy Council, Parent Councils, and Parent Committees

The Office of Head Start is making great strides with the implementation of parent, family and community engagement. As this national move takes place to provide guidance to programs, parent involvement is still at the apex of it all. Delegate Agencies are required to establish and maintain a system of shared governance through which parents can participate in the decision-making processes about the program. Full guidance on collaborative governance is available in the CELS 2.0 Standards Manual pages 19-32.


CPPC Letter of Certification and Policy Committee Membership
This certification form should be completed by all delegates and submitted to the DFSS
CPPC liaison, Tosha Smith at and the operations monitoring
supervisor. This document must be submitted annually by November 30th.

Delegate Agency Parent Committee/Policy Committee Tracking Form
The tracking form tracks the first parent committee meeting for each site, and the delegate
agency’s first policy committee meeting. It should be submitted to the operations monitoring
supervisor. This document must be submitted annually by November 30th.

Policy Committee Communication Form with Guidance
CPPC parent delegates submit this form at CPPC quarterly meetings to share information
and concerns from their delegate agency policy committee.



2020 CPPC Meeting and Training Calendar

Program Governance Milestones

Board and Policy Committee Approvals at a Glance

Best Practices for Board & Policy Committee Minutes