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Information about serving on Policy Council


Dear Families,

We know Thrive to Five relies on the guidance of parents to run a program that meets the needs of the community, children, and parents in a County as diverse as Lancaster!

Parent Committee vs. Policy Council 

  • The Parent Committee is what happens at the classroom level with family liaisons & the classroom teachers.
  • Policy Council is what happens at the program level with parents from other classrooms throughout the county, community members, and program leadership.

What’s in it for you? 

  • You get an early learning program tailored to the needs of families.
  • You become a role model in volunteering for your friends and family.
  • You are exposed to our diverse group of parents, who will become your friends.
  • You learn more about our community and its needs.
  • You improve your communication with staff members.
  • You gain awareness of how the program works.
  • You become a Thrive to Five ambassador, and learn how to explain Head Start and the other early learning program models to others.

Who can join Policy Council?

Basically, parents elect parents to represent them on the Policy Council. Each site location offers a parent committee for actively enrolled families. The parent committee will elect a parent from each site to represent them on the Policy Council starting in October.

  • Please let you Family Liaison or Early Learning Coordinator know you are interested in joining the Parent Committee. These meetings start the week of Monday, September 21, 2020. 
  • Don’t know your Liaison? Contact Bobbie Frick at for help.
  • Policy Council reps are elected at the first parent committee meeting NEXT WEEK.

To join reach out to your Family Liaison

What happens at the Policy Council? 

Policy Council meets once a month and is composed of parents like you. The first part of the monthly meeting is for conducting formal business-like voting on important policies that can change the way the program works. The second part of the meeting is dedicated to the council working together to make programming decisions. Your input and your vote matter!

2020-21 Meeting Schedule 

September 15, Orientation
October 20, 2020
November 17, 2020
December 15, 2020
January 19, 2021
February 16, 2021
March 16, 2021
April 20, 2021
May 18, 2021
June 15, 2021
July: no meeting
August: no meeting



We are here to support YOUR success!

  • Scheduling meetings at a time that works for families–they will be virtual.
  • Providing technology if needed to help you participate.
  • Translating materials to other languages.
  • Reminding you about upcoming meetings using text, email and voicemails.
  • Listening to your ideas and seeking your input.
  • Explaining how you can help us.
  • Training and coaching you.

The communities served by Head Start funding are diverse, and so are those communities’ needs. Can you imagine how Thrive to Five would look if parents were not involved in shaping policies that impact the program and its future? Let’s keep the tradition of Head Start Policy Council active and strong in Thrive to Five…

Join us in leading the way to brighter futures for our children! 

Still need more information about Policy Council? Click here for more info.

If you’re not already enrolled in the Thrive to Five program and interested in enrolling your child, visit: or email Bobbie Frick at for more information.

Thrive to Five Locations 

Note: locations listed in green denotes a STEM Classroom

Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Lancaster County

CAP Early Learning Center – Head Start, Pre-K Counts, Early Head Start
601 S. Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17608
Phone: 717-299-7301, ext. 3066

Cocalico School District

Denver Primary School – Head Start & Pre-K Counts
700 S 4th Street
Denver, PA 17517
Phone: 717-419-7814

Reamstown Elementary School – Pre-K Counts
44 South Reamstown Road
Reamstown, PA 17567
Phone: 717-299-7301

Columbia School District

Columbia Early Learning Center – Head Start, Pre-K Counts, Early Head Start 
815 Wright Street
Columbia, PA 17512
Phone: 717-490-0736

Conestoga Valley School District

CV/ELANCO Home-Based
221 E Main Street
New Holland, PA 17557
Phone: 717-669-0671

Donegal School District

Donegal Elementary School – Pre-K Counts
1055 Koser Road
Mount Joy, PA 17522
Phone: 717-435-2794

Mount Joy Career & Technology Center
432 Old Market Street
Mount Joy, PA 17552
Phone: 717-435-2794

Eastern Lancaster County (ELANCO) School District

ELANCO  Center-Based & CV/ELANCO Home-based – Head Start
221 E Main Street
New Holland, PA 17557
Phone: 717-419-6270

Trinity Lutheran Church – Head Start
221 E Main Street
New Holland, PA 17557
Phone: 717-333-1953 

Elizabethtown School District

Elizabethtown – Head Start 
144 S. Market Street
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Phone: 717-435-2794

Ephrata School District

Clay Elementary School – Head Start 
250 Clay School Road
Ephrata, PA 17522
Phone: 717-419-7814

Highland Elementary School – Head Start 
99 Highland Avenue
Ephrata, PA 17522
Phone: 717-419-9246

Hempfield School District

East Petersburg Elementary School – Head Start 
5700 Lemon Street
East Petersburg, PA 17520
Phone: 717-333-1926

Lampeter-Strasburg School District

Lampeter-Strasburg (home-based) – Head Start 
40 W. Main St.
Strasburg, PA 17579
Phone: 717-333-1939

Manheim Central School District

Baron Elementary School – Head Start 
123 E Gamby Street
Manheim, PA 17545
Phone: 717-419,9246

Manheim Township School District

Brecht Elementary School – Head Start 
1250 Lititz Pike
Lancaster, PA 17601
Phone: 717-333-6732

Penn Manor School District

Martic Elementary School – Head Start
266 Martic Heights Drive
Holtwood, PA 17532
Phone: 717-481-0639

Millersville University
Bard Hall
60 Brooks Drive
Millersville, PA 17551
Phone: 717-333-1986

Pequea Valley School District

Pequea Valley Early Learning Center – Pre-K Counts
166 South New Holland Road
Kinzers PA 17535

Together Community Center – Head Start & Pre-K Counts 
3293 Lincoln Highway East
Paradise, PA 17562
Phone: 717-468-4976

School District of Lancaster

Lafayette Elementary School – Head Start 
1000 Fremont Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: 717-333-1931

Grace Early Learning Center – Head Start, Pre-K Counts, Early Head Start
517 N Queen Street
Lancaster PA 17603
Phone: 717-333-1931

Liberty Place – Head Start 
313 W Liberty Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: 717-333-1953

Washington Elementary School – Head Start 
545 S. Ann Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
Phone: 717-481-0372

Southern Lancaster County (Solanco) School District

Quarryville Elementary School – Head Start 
211 S. Hess Street
Quarryville, PA 17566
Phone: 717-481-0639

Living Stones Vineyard Church (home-based) – Head Start
2292 Robert Fulton Hwy
Peach Bottom, PA 17563
Phone: 717-615-5489

Warwick School District

Lititz United Methodist Church – Head Start
201 East Market Street
Lititz, PA 17543
Phone: 717-333-6732

About the Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Lancaster County 

The Community Action Partnership is Lancaster County’s largest anti-poverty organization, helping low-income families move toward self-sufficiency. CAP’s service profile interrupts inter-generational poverty with programs that support families and individuals at every age and place in life, in the areas of education and child development, health and nutrition, household stability and safety and empowerment. For more information, visit