Head Start uses an inclusive governing structure. The Board of Directors includes past parents and representatives from the community. The Policy Council consists of parents whose children are currently enrolled in Head Start and community representatives. The Director and Staff also participate in governing Head Start.
The federal government mandates that Head Start be governed through a process of shared approval by both the Board of Directors and the Policy Council. Because of this, it is important to develop relationships and build bridges among all the decision-makers. Communication lines must be open and actively support partnerships among administrators, the Policy Council, and the Board of Directors.
There are various Head Start in-house committees: Finance, Staff Development, Safety, Wellness, Training, and Hiring Committees. There are also community committees where representatives from Head Start participate to provide input and receive updates on practices within the larger Yamhill community.
The in-house committees guide policies and procedures (see below). Any recommendations for change also have to be agreed upon by the other governing bodies.
The Finance Committee's focus is to study and make recommendations to the HSYC Board and Policy Council with respect to ways and means of improving the financial condition and operation of the HSYC. They also, with an auditing firm, prepare and present to the Board annually, for its approval, a budget for the control of expenditures of HSYC’s money.
The Staff Development Committee serves as a communication structure between administration staff, teachers, cooks and transportation team. The focus of this committee is to coordinate problem-solving and to make recommendations about day-to-day operations.
The Safety Committee members consist of a cross-representation of staff. It performs audits and trainings to ensure children and staff safety.
The Wellness Committee's main focus is the well-being of all internal staff members. They provide wellness opportunities for staff throughout the year. The Training Committee presents recommendations regarding upcoming trainings which would be appropriate for staff members.
The Technology Committee meets to analyze, critique, and enhance HSYC’s technology use. They make recommendations based on their work.