Don't Be Scared to Volunteer for Policy Council

posted 8/24/22 -- “Policy Council is not scary.”

Stephanee Koscho served as Vice President of the Council last year and as the first representative from Firelands Head Start. Head Start requires convening of a Parent Policy Council for each program throughout the country. Parents are encouraged to participate to help make decisions about the program.

Parents are elected at the beginning of each year during each center’s parent meetings. Policy Council’s first meeting of the school year will be Sept. 22 at 5:30 via Zoom.

“It gives them an opportunity to help us make decisions that are going to be right for the program and for their child,” said Head Start Director Shauna Matelski, Ed.D. “So Head Start has always placed an emphasis on the Parent Policy Council.”

The president of the council holds a full, voting seat on the LCCAA Board of Directors.

Koscho shared her thoughts during a Firelands parent meeting toward the end of the school year.

“I really enjoy it. I get to learn about the other classrooms and telling all the great things happening in Firelands,” she said. “It made me feel more a part of my son’s classroom.”

Koscho added that Policy Council was not only a great learning experience, it was an easy and fulfilling process.

Parent meetings for September will be held via Zoom and credentials will be available on ClassTag.


  • LaGrange and Wellington meet together on Sept. 13 at 10 a.m.
  • Griswold will also meet Sept. 13 at 10 a.m.
  • Hopkins-Locke meets Sept. 14 at 9 a.m.
  • Firelands meets Sept. 15 at 10 a.m.