Early Learning Advisory Council

The Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) was created by the Legislature in 2007. 

ELAC representatives from around the state meet regularly to provide input and recommendations to the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) so our strategies and actions are well informed and broadly supported by parents, child care providers, health and safety experts and interested members of the public.

Governor Jay Inslee holds final authority for policy decisions.

The council has adopted a Racial Equity Framework through which it conducts its business as an advisory board to the Department of Children, Youth, and Families.

Members

The Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) members are a diverse group of people whose role is to provide DCYF with input and recommendations to inform DCYF's work.

ELAC includes parents, child care providers, health and safety experts, legislators, representatives of Tribal Nations, independent schools, K-12 and higher education, and others who are interested in creating a statewide early learning system that helps all children realize their full potential.

Some ELAC members are appointed by the Governor. Others are appointed by various entities as required in the legislation that created ELAC.

Meetings

The Early Learning Advisory Council has six regular meetings each year, held on the first Tuesday of odd months. At each meeting, ELAC members get updates on DCYF's work and provide input and recommendations to DCYF.

Members of the public are welcome to attend ELAC meetings. Public comment periods are offered throughout each meeting. The locations and times vary for each meeting.

2021

December 7, 2021

October 5, 2021 - Joint Early Learning Advisory Council, Provider Supports Subcommittee, and Parent Advisory Group Meeting

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August 3, 2021

June 1, 2021 – Joint Provider Supports Subcommittee Meeting

March 30, 2021 – Joint PAG Meeting

February 2, 2021

2020

February 4, 2020
Location: Virtual Meeting

March 31, 2020
Location:  Virtual Meeting 

June 2, 2020
Location: Virtual Meeting

July 1, 2020
Dual Licensing Special Webinar

July 16, 2020
Immunization Policy Special Webinar

August 11, 2020

October 6, 2020

December 1, 2020