What is the Pathwaves WA Fellowship?
The Pathwaves WA Early Childhood Fellowship is an employment-based Fellowship focused on increasing the representation and power of people of color, particularly people from Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Pacific Islander communities in early childhood policy spaces.
How is early childhood defined?
We have a broad definition of early childhood that encompasses family well-being, social/emotional health, cognitive development, physical health, mental health, attachment, child care, education, and enrichment for all children, prenatal to age 5.
Your Fellowship is for mid-career folks. What does mid-career mean?
We define “mid-career” as individuals for whom at least two of the following statements are true:
- Five or more years of professional experience in early childhood work, policy work, healthcare, social services, community organizing, or a related field.
- At least one year of direct experience actively engaged with a coalition or advocacy organization
- At least one year of experience managing a program, project, or team (including your own center or business.)
- Hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree (from the U.S. or another country) in education, early childhood, public policy, social work, public health, or a related degree.
Is there an education requirement to be a Fellow?
No. While a degree or other type of formal education may be a valuable asset for Fellows, we also recognize that expertise is gained in many other ways.
What are the minimum standards of eligibility for a Fellow?
At a minimum, we expect that Fellows will:
- Demonstrate commitment to advancing antiracism in the early childhood policy field
- Reflect the communities most impacted by systemic oppression who lack sufficient representation in policy decision-making in Washington state
- Be prepared to work full-time as a Fellow from October 2024 to June 2026
- Be legally authorized to work in the U.S. and live in Washington state by the start of the program
- Have proof of full vaccination against COVID-19
What kind of roles do you envision as “policy” roles within early childhood?
We are specifically focused on public policy and define that as working on adopted laws, rules, and budgets adopted by government entities. Policy specific roles could include:
- coalition work focused on policy and advocacy
- strategy and/or implementation for community organizing and mobilization
- media and communications focused on policy and/or advocacy
- staffing policymaking bodies or agencies
- policymaker education
- policy and fiscal analysis and research
- policy development
The Fellowship is specifically interested in the coordination of these roles across the public and nonprofit sectors.
What is the time commitment for Fellows?
This is a full-time, 20-month, employment-based Fellowship, where Fellows will be:
- Placed in an organization four days per week (32 hrs/week) at a placement site.
- Engaged one day (8 hrs/week) in professional development, including: access to mentorship, executive coaching, participation in speaker series, training, wellness activities, and pure social connection with others in the cohort.
- Employed by Pathwaves WA or a placement site organization while being supported by Fellowship staff and a cohort of Fellows.
When will the Fellowship start?
The next Fellowship cohort is set to launch in Mid-October 2024 and run through the spring of 2026.
What compensation and benefits will fellows receive?
Fellows will receive a salary of $62,000/annually and access to employee-sponsored benefits such as medical insurance, paid holidays and paid time off. Additional supports will include professional mentorship, executive coaching and frequent opportunities for professional development and relational networking inside and outside of the cohort of Fellows.
Where will Fellows be placed?
We are establishing partnerships with a variety of placement sites across Washington state that have demonstrated commitments, cultures, and practices to undo institutional racism and drive continued antiracist values in both internal and external work. These include both “established” policy organizations and smaller community-based service organizations who have an interest in expanding their state-based policy/advocacy work.
Read more about them on our partner sites page.
How do I apply to become a Fellow?
The application process will include a written application, interviews with the Fellowship selection committee, and with placement sites. The application review and interview process will take place over the course of the Summer of 2024.
Our application for the next cohort is not yet open, but you can learn more through our Fellowship page.
How can I get involved and stay in touch?
To stay in touch, you can join our mailing list, and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@pathwavesWA.org.