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Early Head Start Policy Council

The Early Head Start Policy Council's mission is to help build school-ready children and self- sufficient families. School ready children are strong in all areas of their lives; cognitive, physical, social and emotional. And strong, stable families with support systems are essential to their growth.

Policy Council Officers

  • Chair - Crystal Langley/Plaza Feliz (Center Based)
  • Vice Chair – Stephanie Pickup (Home Based)
  • Secretary – Sheena King/Western Trail (Home Based)
  • Martha Del-Lara – Community Representative

Policy Council Members

  • Kim Kraus
  • Carmela Tafoya
  • Hermelinda Cordova
  • Yarima Vazquez
  • Shannon Bermia
  • Catherine Lovell
  • Kittika Lim
  • Vicoria Padilla
  • Qi Lu
  • Eric Jaramillo

About the Council

Policy Council is made up of Early Head Start parents and community representatives, and may include parents of children previously enrolled in the program who are familiar with resources and services for Early Head Start families. One representative, from the City of Albuquerque City Council, is assigned to act as a liaison between the City Council and Policy Council. Parents of currently enrolled children elect representatives annually. At least 51% of the members must be parents of currently enrolled children. Policy Council is responsible for assisting in the direction of the program, in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards, and the Head Start Act (as amended December 12, 2007).

Council Meeting Information

Policy Council generally meets at 5:30 PM on the third Wednesday of each month. All parents are welcome to attend, but elected representatives are the only persons with voting privileges. The officers are elected at the first meeting, and serve a one year term. Parents can serve on Policy Council for no more than five (5) years. Meetings are held at the Trumbull Family Resource Center, which is located at 419 Pennsylvania Ave SE. Staff volunteers provide childcare on site and dinner is served to families.


Agendas / Minutes




Early Head Start annual Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, Attendance (ERSEA) 2019 Meeting