Oak Street CDC Parent Board
Our Board of Directors is composed of Oak Street parents. The Board makes decisions about the Center in collaboration with the Director, Cindy Bellamy. Board Meetings are open to all members of the Oak Street family. Below you will find more information on the parent boards role in the functioning of Oak Street Child Development Center.
The mission of the Oak Street CDC board is to ensure the longevity and solvency of the center through long-term planning, goal setting, and financial and director oversight.
The objectives of the board are to:
Support the long-term viability of the Center;
Provide input on financial decisions that impact the center;
Make decisions about tuition, Center policies, salaries, and approve the budget;
Serve as a liaison between the Center director and families, if required;
Provide support for the Center Director in the community;
Actively recruit new members to ensure board stability and continuity; and
Provide oversight of the Center director
Parent board meetings
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 (during COVID we are meeting virtually). Any parent or guardian of children who attend the center is welcome to join in the meeting. If you would like to join the meeting, please email to request the next meeting’s link. Guests are welcome and encouraged to participate, although only board members can participate in any votes.
Meetings provide updates from the Center Director about enrollments, space and expansion updates, and staff changes. We also get updates from the budget committee, policy committee, and fundraising committee. Any long-term goals (e.g. expansion of the center, COVID issues, programming changes) are also discussed as relevant.
Any member of the center (which includes a parent or guardian of any child attending the center) is welcome to join meetings and participate in discussions. Only board members can vote on policy changes.
There are four officers of the board:
President: The President is the principal executive officer of the Board and serves at the pleasure of the Board. The President calls, sets the agenda, and presides over all meetings of the Board and General Members. The President is the principal liaison with the Center Director.
Vice President: The Vice President assists the President and performs the duties of the President in the absence or inability of the President to serve. They perform other duties as assigned by the President.
Secretary: The Secretary takes and keeps the minutes of the meetings of the Board, makes changes to bylaws as deemed appropriate by the Board, and is the custodian of the Center records, which are be kept onsite.
Treasurer: The Treasurer oversees the activities of the Budget Committee. The Treasurer act as the liaison between the Center Director, the Board, and the Budget Committee. The Treasurer works with the Center Director on reporting fund amounts held in investments and performs other duties as assigned by the President or the Board.
Parent Board President
The current president is Leslie McLees, who has served on the parent board for 5 years. Both of her children went to Oak Street CDC, the first starting in 2014, and are now in the public school system in Springfield. Although this is her first year without her kids at Oak Street, she wanted to continue to be involved and give back to the center, which gave so much to her own kids. You are welcome to email any questions or suggestions about the parent board and the Center, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us through the box below.
New Board Member Information
New board members please take a moment to review the "New Member Onboarding Handbook" below. Under the PDF viewer you will find a downloadable version of the handbook as well.