Council Alumni Network (CAN) Regional Ambassador
The Council Alumni Network (CAN) is a community of engaged ECE stakeholders.
Join CAN as a Regional Ambassador!
CAN Regional Ambassadors are participants interested in a leadership position in their local region. A CAN Regional Ambassador’s primary role is to help promote the importance of the CDA as part of a unifying framework, share best practices related to their work in the ECE industry, and encourage the use of the resources developed by the Council.
CAN Regional Ambassadors encompass early childhood professionals interested in a leadership position in their local region. A CAN Regional Ambassador’s primary role is to help promote the importance of the CDA as part of a unifying framework, share best practices related to their work in the ECE field, and encourage the use of the resources developed by the Council.
We are looking for participants who meet the following criteria:
- Leaders or Emerging Leaders in the ECE field
- Highly active and engaged community participants
- Individuals who identify with the Council & CAN Mission
- Emerging ECE Advocates
- Individuals who are excited about the ECE field and want to uplift their fellow peers
- Apply now section on community platform
- Info section on Alumni Website with apply now link
- Invite highly engaged community participants in identified needed regions
- Outreach to current council partners and PDS/Gold Standard Trainers
- Ambassadorships are evaluated every 2 years
- Current ambassadors are invited to extend their role for another 2 years based on evaluation
- The max number of years as an ambassador is 4 years
- Can be extended if we cannot find another person to replace that ambassador
- We want opportunities for other people to become ambassadors
- Accept applications annually April-August
- Approvals should be completed by September
- Training begins October to get new ambassadors ready by the new year
- Invitations are sent out on a rolling basis
- On an as need basis
- Approvals should be made one month after receiving the application to begin training and ambassador participation
|Region||# of Ambassadors||States|
|Northeast||8||Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire Maine|
|Southeast||6||Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico|
|Midwest||6||Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota|
|Southwest||4||Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma|
|West||8||California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii|
Here are the minimum requirements and guidance for engagement:
|Responsibility||Time Commitment Per Annum||Examples of Success|
|Quarterly report to and termly meetings via teleconference with Alumni Community Manager||4 hours||
|Attending the Annual EELC or any local or national ECE conference (Virtual)||1 to 3 days||
|Regular outreach to participants within the region designated, feedback from that outreach and additional hours required to fulfill this role||15 hours||
CAN Regional Ambassadors benefit from the following:
- Recognition for participation in all the engagement opportunities listed above
- VIP access to Council events and products
- Council/CAN swag
- Increased distinguishability as a leader in the ECE profession
- Access to strategic networks
- Discounted registration for EELC
- Participation as a mentor to a fellow early educator
- Digital badge based on online engagement activity
- Discounted rates for Council products
Being a PD Specialist allows me to share my expertise and genuine love of early childhood education. Being a PD Specialist is my Occupassion!
- Sherilynn Kimble, PD Specialist
I had been working with children for about three years when I was given the opportunity to obtain my CDA. During the process I was able to gain so much knowledge about all aspects of caring for chil...
- Tanesha Sanders, Texas
I started working at the University of Dubuque Childcare Center in October of 2009. I was hired as a floater to work with three age groups, Infants, Toddlers, and Twos. In August of 2010, I was assign...
- Rhonda Baule, Iowa
The great thing about having a CDA is that it is a national certification. I started in Florida and then moved to Louisiana where it was recognized and did help me in finding a job at the local Child ...
- Kendra Barnes, Louisiana
Starting a new job in the childcare arena was exciting! I knew that I enjoyed working with children, and it was a great opportunity to stay at home with my daughter. One year turned into two, and befo...
- Traci McNeil, Ohio
I am an Assistant VPK Teacher with a local childcare group. I had a director who encouraged me to get my CDA. My short journey had begun. I, too, was a little hesitant and fearful of failing when I sa...
- Gloria Williams, Florida
It is well worth it. When I received my Certificate for my Nationals in the mail, I cried I was so happy. I would also like to Thank my Director and my Assistant Director for really supporting me.
- Donna Hayes, Florida