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(Taken from IHSA By Laws)

ARTICLE III                        MEMBERSHIP

Section 1: Membership – Membership in the Illinois Head Start Association is defined in the two categories of Program Member or Associate Member. All memberships are contingent on receipt of dues. Membership dues will be established by the IHSA Board of Directors. Members of both the Program Membership and Associate Membership types are further subdivided into classes of membership as defined in Section 3 of this Article.

Program Member: Program membership is composed of grantee and delegate agency and/or program staff. Program Members include all employees paid partially or in full with Early/Head Start funds, parents of currently enrolled children and current members of the local parent policy council/committee.

Associate Member: Associate membership is composed of two subsets. The subsets of Associate Membership are Individual Members and Representative Members. Both subsets are classified as members of the Friends Component pursuant to item “E” of this section. 

       (1)  Individual Members are members who have an independent vested interest in pursuit of the Association mission.
       (2) Representative Members are members who represent an agency, organization or corporation that has a vested interest in pursuit of the Association mission.  Associate members may have more than one person representing an agency,  organization or corporation but will only have one (1) voting privilege per agency, organization or corporation as per item “E” of section 3 of this Article.      
Section 2: Board Authority – Upon payment of dues, the IHSA Board will have the authority to determine the membership of the Associates as they relate to pursuit of the Association mission.
Section 3: Classes of Individual Membership; Requirements –
A. All members of the Illinois Head Start Association are required to be members-in-good-standing of IHSA. A member-in-good-standing is a member who has paid his/her annual dues.
B. Members of the Parent Component of IHSA must be parents of children currently enrolled in their local programs or past parents who are current members of the local Parent Policy Council/Committee. While any parent with a child currently enrolled in an Early/Head Start program may become a member of the IHSA Parent Component, only one parent from each Early/Head Start program shall represent the grantee or delegate agency as a voting delegate. Each parent representing an agency as a voting delegate shall be certified in writing with a letter signed by the Early/Head Start Director on agency letterhead. The letter of support for candidates from the Parent Component who are running for the Region V Head Start Association Representative position must confirm that they are parents of children currently enrolled in the local Early/Head Start Program. 
C. The Directors Component of IHSA shall be comprised of the Early/Head Start Director of each grantee or delegate agency. In the case where the delegate is also the grantee, only one Director shall represent the agency. Therefore, each grantee and delegate agency shall be represented by one individual. Rationale: Reduces burden for Directors.  
D. The Staff Component of IHSA shall be comprised of any current Early/Head Start staff member, other than those specified in Section 4.C. Each staff member representing an agency as a voting delegate shall be certified in writing with a letter signed by the Early/Head Start Director on agency letterhead. Only one Head Start staff member from each agency may represent the agency as a voting delegate. 
E. The Friends Component of IHSA shall be comprised of any individual who would like to support the efforts of IHSA and does not fit into the other categories above. Only one Friend from each agency may represent the agency/organization as a voting delegate.

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