Parent Rights & Leadership

Parent Rights

If you have a concern or disagree with any part of the early intervention process, call your Family Resources Coordinator. They can help you explore your concerns.

If your concern has not been addressed, formal dispute resolution options are available to families.

The parent rights brochure provides information about dispute resolution options:

Parent Leadership

Are there other opportunities for me to be involved?

ESIT welcomes involvement from families who participate in early intervention. There are opportunities for parent leadership at the local and state levels. For more information, contact the ESIT Parent Participation Coordinator at (360) 725-4413.

Read more about parent involvement through the State Interagency Coordinating Council and the County Interagency Coordinating Council.

Parent Institute for Engagement (PIE)

The Parent Institute for Engagement (PIE) is a 12-month training program for parents or caregivers with children who have received early intervention services through the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program and primarily for those who are not working in the early intervention field. One spot on PIE is designated for a parent or caregiver who has worked in the early intervention field. Our goal is to have a racially and geographically diverse group of participants. We help build skills to become better leaders, advocates, public speakers and active members of our state.

For more information contact Vanessa Allen, ESIT Family Engagement Coordinator at vanessa.allen@dcyf.wa.gov.

Recruiting for Parent Institute for Engagement (PIE) Cohort 4

The ESIT program is recruiting for the Parent Institute for Engagement (PIE) program. PIE is a 12 month leadership program for parents and caregivers of children who have received early intervention services through ESIT. We will help you build your skills and allow you to become better leaders, advocates, public speakers and active members in your state.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit an application by Aug. 20, 2021. We will notify selected individuals the week of Aug. 23.  Read the flyer.

For more information on how to apply, email Vanessa Allen, ESIT Family Engagement Coordinator, at Vanessa.allen@dcyf.wa.gov.