Head Start Policy Council

board members meeting
Parents have a voice in program and policy development.

The Policy Council provides a system of shared governance through which parents have an active voice in policy making and program decisions. The Policy Council is responsible for the following areas, which impact the children and families of the Denver Great Kids Head Start program:

  • Approve/Disapprove program directions, priorities, policies and budgets 
  • Monitor the program and ensure compliance to federal guidelines
  • Participate in the personnel selection of central staff members
  • Establish a method for collecting feedback and resolving community concerns related to the program 
  • Approve/Disapprove personnel policies per the Revised Performance Standards 
  • Maintain involvement in the community and promote the program
  • Administer the Policy Council parent activity funds

Meeting Packets

Policy Council for the Denver Great Kids Head Start program conducts meetings the fourth Wednesday of every month. At times, during the holidays, meetings may be rescheduled or omitted from the schedule. Council members will be informed, via email, of any schedule modifications.

MEETING PACKETS are posted two days before each meeting. Packets from the most recent 2 years, and the current year, will remain available online. If interested in packets not currently listed, just send an email with your request.

Download Meeting Packets:

2020 2019 2018
January 22 January 23 January 23
February 27 February 27
March 25 March 27 March 27
April 22 April 24 April 24
May 27 May 22 May 22
June 24 June 26
July 22 August 28 August 22
August 26 September 25 September 26
September 23 October 23 October 24
October 28 November 20 November 28
November 18 December 18 December 19

 

Members

Denver Great Kids Head Start embraces parents and community members as integral partners in its governance structure through the Head Start Policy Council.  

2020 - 2021 Members

Marilyn Halpern
Community
Representative

 

Deronn Turner
Community
Representative
Brandan Burns
Community
Representative
Glenn Harper
Community
Representative
Vera Atilano
Community
Representative
Tiaja Pierre
Community
Representative
Megan Bock
Community
Representative
Alexis Madrid
Catholic Charities
Parent Alternate
Ashley Miller
Catholic Charities
Parent Alternate
Danielle LaCroix
Sewall
Parent Alternate
Jessica Hernandez
Volunteers of America
Parent Alternate
Mariah Jiron
Volunteers of America
Parent Alternate
Jennifer Rouse (EHS)
Catholic Charities
Parent Representative
Karla Lopez
Catholic Charities
ParentRepresentative
Ealasha Vaughner
Clayton
ParentRepresentative
Zendy Sotelo
Clayton
Parent Representative

Chante Daily
Denver Public Schools

Parent Representative

Martha Leonard-McClendon
Denver Public Schools
Parent Representative
Leah Steenson
Family Star
Parent Representative
Melissa Lopez
Family Star
Parent Representative
Donna Mendez
Mile High Early Learning
Parent Representative
Roddrick Marshall
Sewall
Parent Representative
Amanda Grado
Volunteers of America
Parent Representative
Diana Montelongo
Volunteers of America
Parent Representative

 

Procedure Manual

The Head Start Procedure Manual provides details and program guidelines around our philosophy, program design and management, enrollment, recruitment, selection, eligibility, attendance, school readiness, health, health, safety and fiscal management. Download the Procedure Manual.(PDF, 760KB)

 

Denver Great Kids Head Start - A Shared Governance

Program governance in Denver Great Kids Head Start is shared between the Policy Council and a Governing Body, which is composed of the following various agencies of the City and County of Denver:  

  • Mayor
  • City Council
  • City Auditor
  • Manager of Finance
  • Office of Human Resources 

Staff Contact
Caridad Nevarez
Office Manager
720-913-0883
caridad.nevarez@denvergov.org