Head Start Parent Board Resources

The Importance of In-Kind

All Head Start programs need to meet an in-kind donation goal as a part of their funding requirements. This year, UCA Head Start is required to earn $5.5 million dollars in volunteer hours and in-kind donations to continue offering free high-quality education. Parents of Head Start children are ESSENTIAL in helping us achieve this goal. Here are some easy ways you can help your classroom meet their goals:

  • Help in the classroom. Each hour you volunteer counts as $19.88 in-kind donations. If each parent spent 30 minutes a day
    (15 minutes at drop-off and 15 minutes at pick-up) helping in the classroom, we would earn $654.84 a week per classroom and
    reach our in-kind requirements! Take an active role in your child’s education by bonding with them in the classroom and help UCA Head Start to serve over 2,000 children every year.
  • Can’t help in the classroom? Once your child’s Education Readiness Goals are set, find time in your day-to-day life to help
    your child work on them. This time counts as volunteer hours and helps your child succeed. Make sure you track and turn in
    the forms to your child’s teacher.
  • Volunteer as a family. All family members over the age of 15 are welcome in the classroom. There are many other
    opportunities as well. View our volunteer page. 
  • Follow us on social media to see more opportunities!

For more information on volunteering email Korie Simpson at korie.simpson@utahca.org. 

Watch our in-kind video to learn more!

Ready Rosie

As you know, families play an essential role in the education and well-being of their children. Ready Rosie is a great way to support you in that role. You should have received an email or text from your classroom team inviting you to participate and receive emails or text messages with links to fun, short videos. Videos are available in English and Spanish and there are many videos that have subtitles in Vietnamese and Arabic. There are many topics, including counting, language and literacy, and vocabulary, that you can search through to give you ideas on how to work with your child at home.

Policy Council

Policy Council is an opportunity for parents to participate in the decision making process within Head Start. Parents will be able to increase their professional and leadership skills while supporting the Head Start Program.

Policy Council Members

Executive Committee

Executive Chair

Alesia Soto

Executive Chair Elect (PP)

Michelle Stebner

Executive Vice Chair

Stephani Laybourn

Executive Secretary

Diamondique Saleapaga

Executive Treasurer

Hannah Skeen

Community Representatives

Community Rep. 1

Sloan Eisenring

Community Rep. 2

Nicole Flack

Community Rep. 3

Makaila Kelso

Community Rep. 4

Travis Allred

Community Rep. 5

Paula Scott

Community Rep. 6

Sherrie Pace

Site Representatives

SLCo Central City ECCP

Emily Anderson


Andrea Schumtz


Shaylyn Johnson


Mirielle Leigh


Madison Holbrook


Yadira Altamirano


Shari McGarry


Sheree Farnsworth


Laila Brown


Rebecca Smith


Anita Armijo


Mechelle Nance


Tavia Mims


Veronica Rodriguez


Jamie Ramos


Ana Liborio


Donaji Molina


Joshua Holdaway


Bart Benson

Neighborhood House

Pauline Jiron

Noorda Center

Jubilee McClleland

North Star

Enish Garcia

Palmer Court

Kimberly Castillo


Sergimar Mendez

Sandy B & G

Bertha Alvarado


Anthony Funaro


Sharon Peterson


Elizabeth Yourzek


Daniel McQuiston

Tenth East

Sharla Heydorf

Terra Linda

Kellie McKenna


Janet Boj

U of U

JennaBree Tollestrup


Diana Viveros


Maria Savalza

West Jordan

Ronald Ceron


Utah Community Action’s Central Kitchen prepares nutritious foods from scratch and delivers meals to children enrolled in Head Start education, both during the school year and in the summertime. These hot, healthy meals deliver at least two thirds daily nutrition and are made fresh daily.

We assist income-eligible families with services including Adult Education, Case Management & Housing, HEAT, Head Start, Nutrition and Weatherization to help them achieve self-reliance.