Parent Advisory Group

At the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), we believe parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. The DCYF Parent Advisory Group (PAG) is a sounding board for decisions, ideas and questions that shape the future of DCYF. 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.

We are currently accepting applications for the DCYF Parent Advisory Group! If you are interested in becoming a member, please review and complete the PAG Application.

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

DCYF's founding legislation states that DCYF "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:

  • Child Care Check
  • Early Achievers, Washington's child care quality rating and improvement system
  • Child Care and Development Fund plan
  • Washington’s Early Learning Plan
  • Negotiated Rulemaking for Family Home Child Care
  • Working Connections Child Care call centers
  • School-age Rules (WAC) rewrite



January 17, 2020 - Canceled

March 30, 2020
Location:  Hilton Garden Inn, Olympia, 2101 Henderson Park Ln SE, Olympia, WA 98601 
5:30pm - 8:00pm

July 10, 2020

October 5, 2020


January 11, 2019

April 3, 2019

July 12, 2019

September 30, 2019