Policy Council 2017-2018

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 2017-2018 Program Year

Black River Early/Black River Child Development Center

  • Brandy Mull
  • Kristie Dement (Alternate)

Oak Street Early Child Development Center

  • Kristan Russell
  • VACANT (Alternate)

Corning Child Development Center

  • Cynthia Duke
  • Brittany Kepner (Alternate)

Virginia Atkison Child Development Center

  • Samantha Harrison
  • Tatam Wood (Alternate)

James W. Graves Child Development  Center

  • Christina Boyd – Chairperson
  • Lisa Barron (Alternate)

Piggott Child Development Center (EHS)

  • Sierra Owen – Vice Chairperson
  • Harry Bageant (Alternate)

Piggott Child Development Center (HS)

  • Teresa Collett
  • Jennifer Pointer (Alternate)

Walnut Ridge Child Development Center

  • Leslie Woodard
  • Richard Dorris (Alternate)

Walnut Ridge Early Child Development Center

  • Sequoia Irvin
  • Christy Welch (alternate)

Woodlawn Early Head Start (Cleveland County)

  • Laura Stanfield
  • Kayla Kelley (alternate)

Rison Early Head Start (Cleveland County)

  • Katherine Pennington
  • Teresa Barnett (alternate)

Community Representatives

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

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

  • Vickie Mitchell, Joint Planning and Finance Committee

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