Parent Ambassadors’ Early Learning Outreach Work Highlighted in WBEZ Investigation on Universal Pre-K Enrollment

Two COFI parent ambassadors talk to a mom and her daughter about how to register for preschool enrollment; they are giving the young girl stickers or photos; photo credit Manuel Martinez

“It’s 85 degrees on a recent morning on Chicago’s West Side. Gabriela Tenorio and her team of parent ambassadors gather on the corner of Madison and Central Park in the Garfield Park neighborhood with a mission: They’re looking for 3- and 4-year-olds to recruit for preschool.

The moms are doing street outreach on behalf of the parent advocacy group COFI, or Community Organizing and Family Issues. Armed with pamphlets and clipboards, they plan to knock on every door in sight to spread the word about universal preschool at Chicago Public Schools.”

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Update (8/30/22): WBEZ interviewed Parent Ambassador and POWER-PAC IL Co-President Michelle Morton during a follow-up segment on Reset with Sasha-Ann Simons, their daily news talk show. Listen to the segment here.