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Head Start: Policy Council Community Representative

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ORGANIZATION: Seattle Public Schools Head Start

  • 18 people are interested
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The Head Start Policy Council is a group of parents and community representatives that come together to give input on the program design and vote on program recommendations, including budget and personnel decisions. Policy Council Representatives are a very important component to Head Start and we are looking for past parents and community representatives to volunteer for this role. A community representative is anyone that is passionate about early learning, understanding of the needs and barriers for low-income, diverse families and works/volunteers within the areas where our programs are located. Community reps work alongside families and staff at these meetings, and have a voting right. This a great opportunity to develop your leadership skills and work with a group individuals who are passionate about helping low-income children and families succeed.
The time commitment is not more than three hours per month. Meetings are typically the 2nd Wednesday of each month and are held at the Seattle Public Schools Administrative building in the SODO district. At this time, all meetings and trainings are held virtually via Microsoft Teams. When meetings return in person, volunteers can receive mileage reimbursement for their participation.

Policy Council video from another King County Head Start program:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJV8AWzQrT8

Policy Council info sheets from the Office of Head Start:
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/no-search/hs-policy-council-tips.pdf


More opportunities with Seattle Public Schools Head Start

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About Seattle Public Schools Head Start

Location:

2445 3rd Ave S, Mail Stop 31-555, PO Box 34165, Seattle, WA 98124, US

Mission Statement

Seattle Public Schools Head Start educates and supports young children and their families to enhance their potential for success as life-long learners! The overall goal of Head Start is to improve the social competence and school readiness through commitments to a supportive learning environment for children and families. Head Start supports of all aspects of a child’s development, including social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth. Head Start recognizes that children develop in the context of their families culture and language. We believe that fostering relationships with the community is important for families and children so that families are respected and their needs met.

Description

Head Start is a FREE federally funded child development program for children and their families who qualify. The Head Start programs in Seattle Public Schools serve three-year and four-year-old children, offering full and part-day programs at various schools in the district.

Our program services include:

  • A school readiness, literacy and math based early childhood education program
  • Individual Education Plans for every child
  • Individualization for students with disabilities
  • Interpreter support for dual language learners
  • Family Support Services and Family Engagement
  • Door-to-door transportation
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack are provided

Head Start Benefits
  • The curriculum and assessments are aligned with K-12 standards
  • Transition to Kindergarten is effective because the child is familiar with the school environment
  • Families and children become involved in the school that the child will attend
  • Preschool children can attend the same school as their siblings
  • Families have access to other resources in the school and community
  • Classrooms are open Monday through Friday and follow the school year calendar
    • Full-day programs operate 6.5 hours each day
    • Part-day programs operate 3.5 hours each day

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Community
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence2445 3rd Ave. S.Seattle, WA 98124

SKILLS

  • Child Development
  • Child Welfare
  • Child Advocacy
  • Community Outreach
  • Critical Thinking
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Generally 2-3 hours per month
  • Monthly attendance at meetings

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