They're not professional lobbyists - they're something equally if not more powerful: Parents with a passion for their kids and a newfound voice.

In its second year, the Parent Ambassador Program, run by the Washington State Association of Head Start & Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP), helps moms and dads of young children from around the state - and from some of the poorest neighborhoods - find their voice and begin using it to influence policy, program and funding decision in Olympia and Washington, D.C.

Joel Ryan, executive director of the Washington State Association of Head Start & ECEAP, shares how the Parent Ambassador Program is empowering parents to speak up on behalf of themselves and their kids.

Learning for Life airs every Wednesday on KING Morning News on KONG 6/16 TV between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m.

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