2020-2021 Policy Council

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Policy Council Officers

Mr. Willie Pitchford, Chairperson (Humphreys County)
Ms. Jenesa Nelson, Vice- Chairperson (Clarke County)
Ms. Patsy Watson,  Secretary (Acting) (Rankin County)


Rokenshia Arrington (Wayne County)

April Azogini (Newton County)

Kerri Barnett (Jasper County)

Marlyne Burns (Madison County)

Sharesa Collins (Issaquena/Sharkey)

Beverly Johnson (Greene County)

Gina Luckett (Leake County)

Jenesa Nelson (Clarke County) Community Representative

Willie Pitchford (Humphreys County) Community Representative

Erickius Pittman (Rankin County)

Chivalian Pool (Humphreys County)

Anita Spencer (Kemper County)

Morgan Sterling (Clarke County)

Arienecia Terrell (Copiah County)

Lesley Turner (Jones County)

Patsy Watson (Rankin County) Community Representative

Head Start Policy Council

Head Start Policy Councils must be comprised of two types of representatives:

    1. Parents of currently enrolled children and
    2. Community representatives.

At least 51 percent of the members of the policy council must be the parents of currently enrolled children. Parents of children currently enrolled in all program options must be proportionately represented. Community representatives must be drawn from the local community, including businesses, public or private community, civic, and professional organizations, and others who are familiar with resources and services for low-income children and families.

Role of the Policy Council

The Policy Council reviews, approves or disapproves policies and procedures including but not limited to:

    • All funding applications and amendments to funding applications for Early Head Start and Head Start;
    • Procedures describing how the governing body and the appropriate policy group will make decisions;
    • With whom the Head Start or Early Head Start agency will partner;
    • Annual self-assessment of the Head Start agency’s fiscal, programmatic operations;
    • Program personnel policies including standards of conduct for program staff, consultants, and volunteers;
    • Decisions to hire or terminate the Early Head Start or Head Start director;
    • Decisions to hire or terminate any person who works primarily for the Early Head Start or Head Start program;and
    • Serve as a link to the Parent Committees, grantee and delegate agency governing bodies, public and private organizations and the community.