PA Mission & Vision

Mission   Parent Ambassadors acquire knowledge about issues and develop leadership skills to advocate for themselves, their families, and others to create positive change in schools, early learning programs, and communities.


Vision   All families feel empowered regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status to engage in the process of decision-making at local, state, and federal levels that affect their children’s outcomes and family well-being.




Preparation Parent Ambassadors complete a yearlong advocacy training program to learn:

  • Basics of government
  • Specific pieces of legislation
  • How to contact their lawmakers and provide effective testimony
  • Leadership skills - communication, team- building, goal-setting, and conflict management
  • Social media advocacy
  • How to engage parents in their community.

Opportunities Parent Ambassadors uplift their voices and are heard in many ways:

  • Stating their experiences to state and federal lawmakers as well as the Governor
  • On advisory groups and committees through the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPA), Department of Health (DOH), and other state agencies
  • At Association meetings and as leaders in WSA parent affiliate group meetings
  • In early learning coalition activities at local, state or national coalitions
  • At national organizations including the Children’s Defense Fund, National Women’s Law Center,

Center for Community Change and National Head Start Association

  • With other parents about effectively and strategically presenting their views
  • As members and leaders of Parent Teacher Organizations to speak for children and families
  • In early learning organizations including MomsRising, Save the Children Action Network, and Children’s Alliance


For more information about Parent Ambassadors contact April Messenger:

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