Parent Advisory Group


Printer-friendly version


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. Our first in-person meeting was held in October 2015.  Find out how many parents applied this year, where they are from and more: 2015 PAG Applicants Infographic.

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.


Meet the PAG Members

Parent Advisory Group members were given the opportunity to share their stories with the public. Click on the blue, bolded names below to learn more about the PAG parents that volunteered to share their bios.

Northeast Region:
Northwest Region:
  • Amber Mehta
  • Keron Ricketts
Pierce County: King County:
  • Bianca Bailey
  • Jasmyn Kaiwa
  • Natasha Fecteau
Southwest: West Central:
North Central:
  • Susy Salazar
  • Beth Swanson

Current Members Infographic:

  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: