Early Edge California’s Advisory Group Leadership Council convened its sixth meeting on November 6th, which was hosted in English and Spanish, thanks to the support of a simultaneous interpreter. The Leadership Council “Ambassadors” are lead participants from our Educator, Parent, and Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) Advisory Groups, providing opportunities for deeper collaboration and impact. Ambassadors represent their respective advisory groups, serving as a liaison between advisory group members and Early Edge.
The first portion of the meeting was a celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Ambassadors participating in the Leadership Council, followed by brief updates and announcements from the Early Edge team.
A highlight of the meeting was a presentation from one of the Parent Ambassadors, Jessica Martinez, who provided key takeaways from the most recent Parent Advisory Group session. Jessica shared insights from the September 2023 meeting, including how parents choose child care, the challenges that parents face when selecting child care, and their suggestions for how to improve programs for Early Care and Learning. Future Leadership Council meetings will feature similar opportunities for Ambassadors to report from their respective advisory group meeting as a way to foster a culture of shared learning and build connections across the group. Read the full meeting recap from Fall 2023 Parent Advisory Group Meetings.
The meeting concluded with the Leadership Council providing input on the agendas for the next round of advisory group meetings and providing feedback on a survey that Early Edge plans to launch to all advisory group participants in the coming months. The team will be incorporating the group’s recommendations and suggestions into the survey.
Early Edge thanks the Ambassadors for their participation throughout the first year of the Leadership Council. We look forward to continuing to strengthen and grow our model for connecting policy and practice through key efforts like the Advisory Group Leadership Council, recognizing and highlighting the expertise and commitment to quality Early Learning within our community. For more information about the Leadership Council, please visit our Advisory Groups webpage.