Vicki Chandler-Smith – 2024 Parent Ambassador

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Our Parent Ambassadors program gives parents and child care providers of early learners the tools they need to advocate for meaningful, lasting change in early childhood education policy. In this series, we’re highlighting our Class of 2024 Parent Ambassadors. Get to know them!

Vicki Chandler-Smith

Mom of 7 with 9 grandchildren

Foster parent for 6 years

Owner of in-home child care for 20 years

Favorite Quote:

“It’s nice to be nice.”

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Vicki Chandler-Smith. I have owned and operated an in-home daycare for 20 years. My husband and I have been foster parents for 6 years. We have 7 children and 9 grandchildren. I enjoy reading and playing with our multitude of animals.

What made you want to become a Parent Ambassador?

I learned about the program from a Facebook post.

What do you see as the greatest need for your community?

Services for children. The waitlist for children in the system is long!

What do you hope to accomplish during your Ambassadorship? 

I want to be a voice.

Who or what inspires you?

Anyone who is willing to advocate for children in need.