The state is looking for a diverse group of parents to help shape the future of pre-K education in Washington.

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Since its creation in 2007, the Washington State Department of Early Learning has become one of the driving forces shaping the state’s hodgepodge of child care and preschool into a cohesive system for pre-K education.

Parents who want a say in future of that emerging system have until June 30 to volunteer for a new parent advisory group.

DEL is seeking up to 15 parents and family caregivers of children from birth to age 9 who represent the state’s diverse geographies, family structures, languages, cultures and ethnic backgrounds.

They will advise DEL on a range of policy issues including child care licensing, the state’s quality rating system for providers and rule-making for family home child care.

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The advisory group will have its first conference call on Aug. 12 and first in-person meeting on Oct. 7 at a location yet to be determined.

More information about how to apply can be found here.