How to Apply

Turn this application fully completed into your Head Start or Early Head Start Director and make sure to get their signature at the bottom of it. They will then send your completed application to Kendra Britton, Executive Director of the North Carolina Head Start Association who will contact you if you are selected.

Decisions will be made and announced in early January 2015 in order to enable the participants’ visit to Washington DC for the Winter Leadership Institute in late January.

Position Description

In this yearlong training program conducted by the National Head Start Association, in coordination with the North Carolina Head Start Association with support from the Region IV Head Start Association, you will learn about specific pieces of legislation related to early education, how to powerfully tell your Head Start story, how to engage your lawmakers, and how to organize other parents and your community. You will be on the front lines advocating for your child’s right to high quality early learning with your elected officials, in the media and within your own community. You will become your child’s greatest champion!

During the program, First Advocates will be expected to take what they have learned and educate, train, and mobilize other parents in their local programs and communities. They will become members of a larger learning community of peers that tirelessly works to engage parents to advocate on behalf of Head Start and their children.

Some things First Advocates may be expected to do during and after their training include:

  • Reporting back to their peers about visits to Washington, state/regional conferences or the State Capitol.
  • Providing trainings at parent policy council meetings to teach parents about pending legislation.
  • Organizing advocacy activities such as Dollar per Child events or letter writing campaigns to support certain legislation.

First Advocates info session flyer can be found here.