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.
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.
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.
December 6, 2022
August 2, 2022
October 4, 2022
June 7, 2022
April 12, 2022
February 1, 2022
December 7, 2021
October 5, 2021 - Joint Early Learning Advisory Council, Provider Supports Subcommittee, and Parent Advisory Group Meeting
August 3, 2021
June 1, 2021 – Joint Provider Supports Subcommittee Meeting
March 30, 2021 – Joint PAG Meeting
February 2, 2021