The Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) believes that community needs are best served by those who are closest to the issues and programs. Two policy-making groups oversee NACOG Head Start: the NACOG Regional Council and the Head Start Parent Policy Council, also known as the Northern Arizona Child Development Administering Board (NACDAB). The elected county and municipal officials and appointed private-sector representatives who sit on the NACOG Regional Council are responsible for the goals and objectives as well as legal and fiscal policies of NACOG Head Start. The Regional Council appoints a Head Start Committee from its membership to act as a liaison between this governing board and the Head Start program. The committee primarily focuses on decision-making regulations within the Congressional Head Start Act that require shared governance between the governing board and the Head Start Parent Policy Council (NACDAB). NACDAB brings together Head Start parents and community members who have been elected by their peers to serve as representatives for each of the 27 centers served by NACOG Head Start. The Regional Council strongly endorses and participates in shared decision-making activities with NACDAB including, but not limited to the review and final approval of agency policies, grant applications, and program goals and objectives.