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Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC)


The Early Learning Advisory Council includes private and public sector business and community leaders who bring business and community-focused perspectives to early learning. The governor appoints council members who offer guidance and input to the Office of Early Learning.

The council submits suggestions to OEL including recommendations about using local, state and federal funds efficiently; the content of professional development training programs; and best practices for developing and implementing coalition plans.


  • ELAC was established in 2005.
  • Membership consists of a chair, appointed and serving at the pleasure of the governor, the chair of each early learning coalition, a member who serves at the pleasure of the President of the Senate and a member who serves at the pleasure of the Speaker of the House.
  • The council leverages partnerships and resources to support workforce development through local access to quality care for working families and universally available education for young children.
  • Council members work to coordinate local early learning coalition efforts with the state’s early learning system.
  • Council members are aware of local and statewide issues that impact the early learning system and help communicate important local and statewide perspectives to stakeholders.


The council meets quarterly in-person or via teleconference. See the early learning calendar for upcoming meetings.


Meeting materials, including agendas and minutes, are available for review.