ECEC Policy Council Information

ECEC Policy Council Information
Posted on 06/24/2022
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The ECEC Policy Council is a group of Head Start and Early Head Start parents/guardians and Community members who help lead and make decisions about their program.

Policy Council members are elected by the parents/guardians of children enrolled in the program. Meetings are open to all ECEC families and Community members.

Meetings are generally held the second Tuesday of every month beginning at 5:30 p.m. The June 2022 meeting will be held on Thursday, June 30. You can access the Policy Council meetings by calling the ECEC at 480-362-2200 to have the virtual meeting link (Microsoft Teams) emailed to you and join from your computer or phone.




Questions? Contact Tami Brungard, ECEC Leader.

ECEC Policy Council meetings

Here are your elected 2021-2022SY Policy Council representatives:

There are two Infant/Toddler representatives (Marianne Cashoya and Kim Manuel); three Preschool representatives (Brittany Barranca, Allison Lewis, and Felicia Toya); and one Homebased representative (Luz Jimenez). You can read their biographies below. Click here to learn more about Policy Councils from the National Head Start Association.

2021-22SY Policy Council Representatives

Marianne Cashoya
  Hello, I am Marianne Cashoya, a member of SRPMIC. I have guardianship of my two great nephews since they were babies. The oldest is in Kindergarten and the other attends ECEC in the preschool program. We have been a part of the ECEC family for the past several years. I am currently employed with the Gaming enterprises as the Casino Audit Manager and have been with the company for 14 years.

I am hoping to continue to be a part of the Policy Council. I feel the first year serving on Policy Council, especially this last year, was more of a learning process. While a bit difficult, I would like to continue to help make changes for the families, to be a part of the communication and changes happening at ECEC.

I see the role of the Policy Council is to approve changes, review budgets and policies as needed. Help council ECEC staff in implementing new policies and changes to daily routines. In addition, to share any of these changes and updates to ECEC families as needed.

The skills, experience I provide to the Policy Council is my Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. My work experience includes looking at budgets and finances, to work with and as a group. Raising young children helps me focus on what is important for them and to them.

Kim Manuel
  Hi my name is Kim Manuel and I currently have 2 grandchildren attending ECEC. I am raising 6 grandchildren at this time. I have previously been a Policy Council Member. I enjoyed the opportunity to serve my Community and the children that attend ECEC. I work for the Tribal government.

During my term as a Policy Council member I enjoyed helping with the decision making of the policies that pertain to the operations of the ECEC facility. I liked helping our children succeed in their education with all possibilities that are presented to our Community. I would like to continue to fulfill the educational needs of our Community children.

The role of the Policy Council is to make sure all Policy and Procedures are met with all the necessary guidelines that are in place to operate the ECEC facility.

I currently work for the Tribal Government as a Gaming Investigator. I also have worked as a Benefits Coordinator and a Criminal Investigations Coordinator for the Tribal Government. I have knowledge in law enforcement and legal services. I can provide all my knowledge to help with any decisions, improvements or solutions for the ECEC facility.

Brittany Barranca
  My name is Brittany Barranca, I am 36 years young enrolled member of SRPMIC. My husband Luis and I are the proud parents of 4 beautiful children which whom all have and are currently attending ECEC. Our oldest McKayden is 15 years old and thriving in IB and AVID programs at Westwood High School. Our daughter Penelope is 11 years old and is excitingly finishing her last year of elementary at Benjamin Franklin East. Our 3 and 1½ year old are currently at ECEC. I have been employed for almost 3 years with Community Development Department as the Residential Resources Secretary. I was a Blackjack dealer for 6 ½ years for both Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort.

As the role of Policy Council, I see a group of collected individuals assembled to make the best, most respected and safest decisions for our children. I have always been invested in devoting my time volunteering in our older children’s classrooms, school libraries and helping teachers who need an extra hand. I am familiar with classrooms, keeping myself busy and unseen when I am helping. I also have a personal belief in education being a huge role in our children’s lives in every aspect of growing, whether it be socially or fundamentally. It’s very important for children to be present.

As far as skills, I am absolutely available to learn, grow within myself and for our kids and the Community. I have great communication skills. I can help deescalate any situation in every sense. I can listen to issues, problems and concerns with a great ear and find helpful solutions. I am understanding and can empathize yet be firm enough to not take things personally. I am willing to take on challenges, make the best and safest decision for Salt River School. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Allison Lewis
  Hi my name is Allison Lewis and I am a mother of two children that attend ECEC. They both started out in the Homebased program and they’ve been loving it ever since. I work in Student Transportation and I enjoy working with the children.

I am blessed to participate in my children’s school and make decisions that will impact their future here at ECEC. I have served two terms as Policy Council, PC and if elected this will be my third year.

I am interested in serving another term because I want to be a part of making the right decisions for our children and their education while at ECEC. I like that the parents share their views of what they and the community needs.

I see the role of being on the PC is the parents, educators and community coming together to make decisions that enhance student learning.

Felicia Toya
  I’m Felicia, a member of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community. I am a single mother of four. I have two children that are at ECEC, one in Head Start and the other in Early Head Start. I work and I am currently in school full time for health care administration. I do it all. I enjoy spending time with my children. We enjoy watching Master Chef Jr., they get excited to help and that makes cooking easier. We enjoy eating, what we made.

Why I am interested in serving on Policy Council is that I have experience in serving, completing three terms. I would like to use my medical knowledge. I am a parent and I was employed for 2 years at ECEC as a Health Assistant in 2014-2016. With this background I can show both perspectives and help parents and families of the Community.

Policy Council is important, you are helping make decisions for the children. It is awesome to be included in those conversations and decisions.

If I am elected as Policy Council representative, I will used my 10 years of medical assistant experience and education. How this is important because Head Start has requirements and protocols in the area health, including hearing, vision, healthy eating and overall health of the children.


Heaven Sepulveda
  Education Board Member Heaven Sepulveda: Hello, I am an enrolled Community Member and currently on my third year of serving on the Salt River School Board. I have two children, and one that was previously a student here at ECEC. I completed my internship for my grad school program at ECEC while attending ASU. I eventually taught here as well. I have served previous terms on Policy Council and I was once again nominated. I am very excited to continuing working.

What do you see as the role of the Policy Council? I will be the direct communication between the Policy Council and the Education Board.

Explain what you could bring to the Policy Council if you were elected to serve? I earned my bachelor’s degree from ASU in Family Human Development and my master’s degree in Infant mental Health. I bring my experience as both a parent and an educator.

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