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Parent Advisory Group


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At the Department of Early Learning (DEL), we believe parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. The DEL Parent Advisory Group (PAG) is a sounding board for decisions, ideas and questions that shape the future of DEL. Parental involvement in decision-making is the key to having policies and programs that support families’ strengths and needs.  The PAG is made up of parents and family caregivers of children, from birth through nine years old. The PAG will meet by phone and in person.

* DEADLINE EXTENDED! We are currently recruiting for The DEL Parent Advisory Group! If you are interested in becoming a member please review and complete the PAG Application here. *


PAG members will represent the unique experiences and perspectives of their families, including but not limited to:

  • Rural, remote, urban and military communities;
  • Access a variety of early learning services for their children or not currently connected to services;
  • Have diverse family structures (for example, headed by both or single parents, grandparents, kinship care, foster parents, or are blended families);
  • Experience with immigration and being new to a community;
  • Impacted by incarceration;
  • Cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity;
  • Have children with varying developmental and special needs.



  More About PAG

DEL’s founding legislation states that DEL "shall include parents and legal guardians in the development of policies and program decisions affecting their children." The advisory group has advised the agency on a variety of issues, including: