Policy Council is an arm of governance within the Head Start and Early Head Start program. Program governance is an important system to ensure that the program is operating in a manner that is meaningful to families enrolled in the program and to its community. Therefore, Policy Council is comprised of parents of currently enrolled children in Head Start or Early Head Start and community members from the broader community. Community members can also be past Head Start or Early Head Start parents. Members are elected in November by they parent committee, and they begin serving as members at the December meeting. The Council years runs from December-December, and members can be elected to serve three one year terms.