Educare Flint has a group of Parent Ambassadors who each play an instrumental role in expanding the reach of the school into the community, growing enrollment, and raising awareness city-wide about the importance of early childhood education starting at birth. They are trained advocates for high-quality opportunities for Flint youth, families and communities. They also represent Educare Flint and Flint families as part of the national Educare Learning Network, and in interactions with state and national early childhood leaders.
This cohort of 10-12 parents is selected based on their commitment to becoming the vehicle of early childhood “contagion” and change in their communities, their enthusiasm for developing the foundation for all future fellow programming, and their desire to build a larger advocacy network committed to:
- Creating a pipeline of programming driven by parents and community feedback that gives families the tools they need to lead change
- Increasing parent and community stakeholder knowledge and connections to high quality early education and care for children, birth to eight
- Activating systems and policy change around early education and care, parent involvement and access issues across the state of Michigan
- Advancing supportive communities investments in parent-driven programming by establishing parent action networks throughout Flint that are led by future Parent Ambassador alums
To get involved with Parent Ambassadors, contact Charese McLean.
WOW (WOMEN OF WORTH)
Women of Worth (WOW) is an empowering program for women. WOW meets monthly, and encourages participation from all Educare women including mothers, grandmothers, aunts, foster mothers and guardians. Activities are guided by the Nurturing Parenting model and aim to spark new bonds and tools for support not only within the group but also for individual participants. The principal focus of WOW is for all Educare women to encourage and uplift each other while building a broader network of support.
To get involved with Women of Worth (WOW), contact Mariah Randle.
FAME (FATHERS AND MEN ENGAGED)
Fathers and Men Engaged (FAME) is a 6-week program with weekly meetings. FAME encourages all of the men who are directly involved in the Early Head Start/Head Start child’s life to participate, including fathers, grandfathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, foster fathers and guardians. Members complete the FAME curriculum and offer support and motivation to each other. During the year, FAME members also volunteer in their child’s classroom and recruit other men to participate in different FAME events.
To get involved with Fathers and Men Engaged (FAME), contact Mike Kildee.