Policy Council 2019-2020

Policy Council members are elected from each Head Start and Early Head Start Center location to make up the Policy Council. Policy Council members participate in the process of making decisions about the nature and operation of the Head Start/Early Head Start program.

Policy Council members must be a parent of a currently enrolled child and be elected by the parent committee at their center. Also a representative of the community that has an interest in low-income families, can contribute to the program and must be approved by all parents from all centers in the program.

Policy Council members attend a Policy Council Orientation offered in the Fall. Policy Council Meetings are held the second Monday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October and December) at 6 pm at the Black River Child Development Center in Pocahontas. If the scheduled meeting happens to fall on a Monday that is a holiday, the meeting will be held on Tuesday.  Called meetings may also be held, when necessary. Child care is provided and transportation costs incurred are supplemented.

Policy Council members share in decision-making processes for BRAD Child Development Programs with the BRAD Board of Directors.

Policy Council Members for the 2019-2020 Program Year

Black River Early/Black River Child Development Center

  • Amanda Simmons
  • Chasity Folkerts (Alternate)

Black River Early Child Development Expansion Center

  • Kelsey Bruton
  • Jessica Simmons (Alternate)

Oak Street Early Child Development Center

  • April Riley
  • Emily Lindsey (Alternate)

Corning Child Development Center

  • Dustin Johnson
  • Nichole Hampton (Alternate)

Virginia Atkison Child Development Center

  • Haley Leach
  • Shary Ricker (Alternate)

James W. Graves Child Development  Center

  • Kelly Parks
  • Amber Dawkins (Alternate)

Piggott Child Development Center (EHS)

  • Amber Gragas
  • Kiley Mode (Alternate)

Piggott Child Development Center (HS)

  • Ashley Groves
  • Lindsay Baggett (Alternate)

Walnut Ridge Child Development Center

  • Leslie Woodard
  • Tisha Huckabee (Alternate)

Walnut Ridge Early Child Development Center

  • Sequoia Irvin – Vice Chairperson
  • Ashley Henn (alternate)
  • Rison/Woodlawn Early Head Start (Cleveland County)
  • Katherine Pennington
  • Kristin Blackwell (alternate)

Community Representatives

  • Candace Eveland, Lawrence County
  • Tammie Lemmons, Randolph County
  • Mary Wiedeman, Clay County

BRAD Board of Directors/Policy Council Liaison (Non-voting Member)

  • Vickie Mitchell, BRAD Board of Directors Chairperson