Parent Advisory Committee

Another method for communicating with parents is the parent advisory committee.  Each agency must establish a parent advisory committee to provide a forum for parents to have input into, and receive notice of, any matters of interest or concern to the parent.  The parent advisory committee is also a body that will be used by the Department of Community Services to communicate directly with the parents, if there are issues with the agency's license.  If you are interested in being a parent representative on this committee, please let us know.

Membership of parent advisory committee

     1) An agency's parent advisory committee must be composed of at least 4 members, as follows:

          * at least 2 parents of children currently enrolled in the agency's family home day care program;

          * at least 1 care provider;

          * 1 nonvoting representative of the agency, who must attend each meeting of the committee.

     2) The majority of the voting members of an agency's parent advisory committee must be parents of children currently enrolled in the agency's family home day care program.

     3) An agency's parent advisory committee must be open to all parents of children enrolled in the agency's family home day care program.

     4) An agency must give the Director all of the following information for each member of the agency's parents advisory committee:

          * name;

          * mailing address;

          * email address, is any;

          * telephone number

     5) An agency must notify the Director annually of any changes in the composition of its parent advisory

Parent Advisory Committee Meetings

     1) A parent advisory committee must meet at least twice a year.

     2) At least 2 weeks before the date of an agency's parent advisory committee meeting, written notice of the meeting must be:

          * given to the parents of all children enrolled in the agency's family home day care program; and

          * posted in a conspicuous location in each family day care home the agency manages

     3) A notice of a parent advisory committee meeting must inform the parents that they may place items on the meeting's agenda.

     4) An agency must ensure that the agency's parent advisory committee has an opportunity to discuss any matters of interest or concern to the parents, including all of the following:

          * the safety, care and well-being of the children;

          * the agency's license

          * the services provided

          * the equipment and materials available for the children;

          * staffing patterns and staff qualifications.

 

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