Policy Council 2018-2019

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 last Thursday of every other month (Jan, March, May, July, September, November) at 6 pm at the Black River Child Development Center in Pocahontas. 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 2018-2019 Program Year

Black River Early/Black River Child Development Center

  • Ripley Owen
  • Brandy Mull (Alternate)

Black River Early Child Development Expansion Center

  • Cassie Sheets
  • VACANT (Alternate)

Oak Street Early Child Development Center

  • Kristan Russell
  • Hannah Townsend (Alternate)

Corning Child Development Center

  • Lacey Turner
  • Heather Edwards (Alternate)

Virginia Atkison Child Development Center

  • Haley McCollum
  • Laura Mesey (Alternate)

James W. Graves Child Development  Center

  • Kelly Parks- Chairperson
  • Amber Dawkins (Alternate)

Piggott Child Development Center (EHS)

  • Samantha Yager
  • Kari Muse (Alternate)

Piggott Child Development Center (HS)

  • Kim Deaton
  • Jennifer Pointer (Alternate)

Walnut Ridge Child Development Center

  • Leslie Woodard
  • Chellan Cook (Alternate)

Walnut Ridge Early Child Development Center

  • Sequoia Irvin – Vice Chairperson
  • Kelsey Hill (alternate)

Rison/Woodlawn Early Head Start (Cleveland County)

  • Katherine Pennington
  • Elizabeth Miller (alternate)

Community Representatives

  • Katrina Burch, Lawrence County
  • Tammie Lemmons, Randolph County
  • Mary Wiedeman, Clay County

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

  • Vickie Mitchell, Joint Planning and Finance Committee

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