WSA is seeking 25-30 parents to serve as Parent Ambassadors for 2022. Ambassadors will serve on the front line of our advocacy campaigns including attending hearings, testifying, contacting lawmakers, setting up events and activities, and organizing parents. All expenses for travel to WSA conferences and training venues will be subsidized by WSA. We are looking for parents that are committed to advocating for their children and communities, serve in a leadership role at a local program either through policy council or in another area, and have the desire and demonstrated skills to complete the year-long project. We had terrific success with our 2009 - 2021 Parent Ambassadors, and we look forward to a great 2022!

What is the Parent Ambassador program?

The Parent Ambassadors Program is a peer to peer training program for parents. Parent Ambassadors will go through an extensive year long high-quality advocacy training program. The Parent Ambassador program provides child care and mileage stipends to help support participation. Please be aware that at most of our face to face conferences, rooms are shared; this fosters networking among the Ambassadors and helps with our limited budget. (*We follow all COVID protocols at this time, and decisions about in person meetings will be made on a rolling basis as needed.)

We do not provide on-site child care at any of our trainings or events. It is your responsibility to recruit and/or secure a child care provider for each and every face to face training/meeting. Nursing non-mobile infants are welcome. Please consider your child’s growth and your commitment to nursing when applying. Nursing infants (0-12 months) very quickly grow into mobile and active toddlers. The spaces that we meet in are not suitable and safe space for toddlers.

All interested applicants must complete the application or download the questions and email complete answers to the questions by January 3, 2022 by 5:00 pm.

Follow up interviews will be scheduled for a time convenient for the applicant during the week of January 17-21, 2022.

Chosen Ambassadors will immediately begin coming together by conference call on January 24 to discuss the logistics of the first face to face meeting.

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* 1. Basic Info

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* 2. Pronouns:

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* 3. Birthdate

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* 4. Do you CURRENTLY have a child in:  

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* 5. If your child is enrolled in a Head Start or ECEAP program, please enter the name of your program director or family support person.

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* 6. If your child is currently enrolled in an early learning program, what is the name of it? / Your program/Su programa (example: Lewis County Head Start/ECEAP, Busy Bee Child Care Center, etc)

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* 7. Do you have a child who has FORMERLY been in:

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* 8. Do you or have you received Working Connections Child Care?

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* 9. What are the ages of your children? Check all that apply

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* 10. Why do you want to be a Parent Ambassador?

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* 11. What issues or concerns do you have for your children and community?

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* 12. What skills or issues are you interested in learning about?

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* 13. What special talents or skills would you bring to the Parent Ambassadors program?

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* 14. Tell us about your experience working as a team or within your community

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* 15. What does early learning mean to you?

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* 16. What does it mean for a person to have a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion? How have you demonstrated that commitment, and how would you see yourself demonstrating it?

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* 17. What is your Home Language?

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* 18. Are you bilingual?  If so, what languages do you speak?

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* 19. Please share your race and ethnicity.
(We are committed to Parent Ambassadors being racially and ethnically diverse just as children and families are in the state of Washington. This information is not shared about individuals with any other group or entities including the government. Answering is not required but is helpful for use in determining representation of parents across the state.)

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* 20. Please check if the following are true: 

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* 21. Anything else you would like us to know about you, your family, or why being an advocate is important to you?

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* 22. How did you hear about this program? Did anyone refer you to this application? If so, who?

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* 23. To assist in planning purposes: Have you received the Covid-19 Vaccine?

For more information, please contact April, april@wsaheadstarteceap.com, or 360.338.1362.
Para más información, por favor póngase en contacto con Katy, katy@wsaheadstarteceap.com, 425.453.1227.  Ella habla español.

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