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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools

Contact Information

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Isabel Valtierra
Family & Community Engagement and Disabilities Coordinator
Phone: 831.755.0357



Policy Council Executive Committee Members:

  • Chairperson: Gelacio Gonzalez, Easter Seals Central Coast 
  • Vice-Chairperson: Maria Elena Parra, Salinas
  • Secretary: Yecenia Solis, Salinas


  • Maribel Campos, Salinas
  • Bertha Gomez, Salinas
  • Maria Rodriguez, South County
  • Monique Salcido, South County
  • Horacio Badillo, Salinas (Past Head Start Parent)
  • Yolanda Ayala, North County
  • Tanya Hernandez, Early Head Start, Monterey Peninsula
  • Haley Kruithoff, Monterey Peninsula
  • Anna Velasco, GUSD Delegate
  • Nancy Ishak, MPUSD Delegate


  • Celia Samario, Salinas
  • Albina Hernandez, Salinas
  • Daniel Escobar, Salinas
  • Julio Gomez, Salinas
  • Elizabeth De Lara, South County
  • Griselda Cendejas, South County
  • Stacy Hernandez, Monterey Peninsula
  • Angeles Zavala, North County
  • Maritsa Fernandez, Early Head Start, North County
  • Noemy Valdez, GUSD Delegate
  • Josselin Vasquez, MPUSD Delegate

The Monterey County Office of Education, Head Start & Early Head Start and delegate agencies are required by federal law to establish and maintain a formal structure of shared governance through which parents can participate in policy making and other decision-making. The Monterey County Office of Education School Board, the Head Start Program Director, management staff and elected parent representatives jointly plan and decide on major program policies, personnel, budget, and service areas.

Our local governance structure, as required by Head Start Performance Standards includes the following:

  • Policy Council - The Head Start & Early Head Start Policy Council membership is comprised of 51% parents of currently enrolled children. The council meets monthly to discuss program business and to make key decisions that affect the program's quality and success.
  • Parent Advisory Committee - The Parent Advisory consists of parent representatives and meets with the Parent & Community Engagement and Disabilities Services Coordinator to discuss center concerns and make recommendations for improvement. The Parent Advisory meets quarterly.
  • Health Advisory Committee - Brings together staff, parents, and local healthcare providers to talk about the planning, operation and evaluation of the health, nutrition, and mental health services in each Head Start Program. This committee meets twice a year.
  • Policy Committee - The Policy Committee is be established at the Delegate Agency level. Each Delegate Agency establishes its own by-laws and meeting schedule.
  • Parent Center Committee - The Committee is established at the center level to provide parents the opportunity to help out with class projects, to share special talents or center events, and to participate in their child's development. Each center committee meets monthly.


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