Parent Ambassador Program

The Parent Ambassador Program is a year-long leadership and advocacy program for parents of early learners in Nebraska. The goal of this program is to develop parent leaders and support them in advocating for their children, themselves, and their communities.

Who Can Become a Parent Ambassador?

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Early child care providers are eligible if they are also parents of a child 8 years or younger.
  • Must reside in the state of Nebraska.
  • Must be willing and able to participate in year-long program consisting of bi-weekly hour-long Zoom calls and four conferences, with at least one hosted in-person.
  • Must be willing to participate in conversations regarding topics such as race, diversity, and inclusion; advocacy; early childhood education; etc.
  • Must be willing to interact, engage, and work with others from varying backgrounds, race, ethnicities, religious beliefs, etc. and must be committed to an environment of respect.
  • Parents must locate and secure their own childcare to fully participate in calls, conferences, and retreat. Financial assistance will be provided.

2022 Parent Ambassador Experience

Our inaugural cohort of Parent Ambassadors had the opportunity to meet with several organizations and stakeholders to learn about advocacy, legislation, and important initiatives happening across Nebraska. They also have the opportunity to visit the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln to hear floor debates, meet with Senators, and learn more about the legislative process and how to contact their lawmakers.

How Can I Apply?

The Parent Ambassador program is currently accepting applications for the 2023 cohort!

If you would like to apply over the phone, please send an email to neambassadors@nebraskaearly.org or call (402) 965-1065.

Perks of Joining

All Parent Ambassadors receive a subsidy for their time.

Ongoing mentorship and support from the Parent Ambassador Manager and Parent Ambassador Alumni.

Increased advocacy and leadership skills.

Greater confidence to engage in policy and decision making at local, state, and federal levels.

Improved family and community relationships.

Mission, Vision & Values

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

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

Parents bring truth to public policy and are invaluable to civic discourse.

Parents are leaders in their families, programs, and communities.

Parents are not a problem to be fixed.

Parents are the drivers of solutions to societal problems.

Every parent starts in a different place and has a different trajectory.

Apply Now

Interested in Becoming a Parent Ambassador?

Now accepting applications through July 31, 2022!

Twenty parents will be selected through an application and interview process.

If you would like to apply over the phone, please send an email to neambassadors@nebraskaearly.org or call (402) 965-1065.