Parent Ambassador Application Info

Application 2018

Application English (Word doc)Application English (PDF)

Application Spanish (Word doc)Application Spanish (PDF)

Online Application Link (English and Spanish)

Other 2018 Docs 

Parent Ambassador Flyer 2018

Parent Ambassador Flyer 2018 Spanish

Parent Ambassador Roles and Responsibilities 2018

Memo to Directors on Parent Ambassadors


Parent Ambassador Abril Mitchell-Ward testifyingWSA is seeking 15-20 Head Start, ECEAP and Childcare parents to serve as Parent Ambassadors for 2018.  Ambassadors will serve on the front line of our advocacy campaigns including attending hearings, testifying, contacting lawmakers, setting up events and activities, and organizing Head Start, ECEAP and Childcare 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 - 2017 Parent Ambassadors, and we look forward to a great 2018!

What is the Parent Ambassador program?

The Parent Ambassadors Program is a peer to peer training program for Head Start, ECEAP and Childcare parents. Parent Ambassadors will go through an extensive year long high-quality advocacy training program.

What will Parent Ambassadors learn?

Parents can be expected to learn how to effectively engage parents in their community, leadership skills, the basics of government, about specific pieces of legislation, how to contact their lawmakers, and how to provide effective testimony.

What will Parent Ambassador be expected to do with the training and skills they gain?

After training, Ambassadors will be expected to take what they have learned and educate, train, and mobilize parents back at their local programs and in their communities. Ambassadors will be key communicators and crucial link to their communities. WSA will develop a Parent Newsletter for Ambassadors to use to communicate the latest legislative information and updates. Ambassadors will be expected to provide trainings or teach-backs at parent policy council meetings in their area and will teach parents about pending legislation and general advocacy skills. They will provide frequent updates to parents in their local programs about legislative issues directly affecting their families and strategic opportunities to weigh in with both state and federal elected officials. Ambassadors will also serve as lead organizers for WSA advocacy campaign activities.

2016 Parent AmbassadorsWhat is the length of the Parent Ambassador Program?

One Year, beginning March 2018

What kind of support is needed from a Parent Ambassadors sponsoring program?

  • Support Parent Ambassadors by allocating time on Policy Council agendas for them to share their training and give legislative updates. Allow Parent Ambassadors to distribute the Parent Ambassador Newsletters and to gather names and contact info of parents who want to be a part of legislative advocacy.
  • Simple and regular check-ins with Parent Ambassadors to see how their training is going
  • “Advertise” the Parent Ambassadors as a resource families and staff have access to for center based family gatherings or parent training
  • Assist with setting up training or teach-back opportunities, if needed
  • Review the Parent Ambassador training manual
  • Attend a Parent Ambassador training, if you’d like
  • Watch and acknowledge the Parent Ambassadors growth and transformation!

Key Dates:

Application Deadline:

January 27, 2018

2017 Class announced:


In-person Event #1

March 12-14, 2018 Dumas Bay Centre, Federal Way

In-person Event # 2

June 25-27, 2018 Central Washington University, Ellensburg

In-person Event #3

October 22-24, 2018 Red Lion, Wenachee

In-person Event #4

Februrary 5-7, 2019, Red Lion Hotel, Olympia

Parent Ambassadors are required to commit to attending all four of these events, so check your calendars now!  Applications are available at the link at the top of the page. 

For more information, contact Katy or Mila, 425.453.1227.




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