Thursday, May 25, 2017

DEL is Accepting Applications for Vacancies on the Early Learning Advisory Council

The Department of Early Learning (DEL) is filling three seats on the Washington Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) and is accepting applications from qualified and interested individuals. The open seats will represent the following: 
  • A Family Home Child Care provider
  • A Parent representative  
  • An Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) representative
These governor-appointed seats are two-year positions and will be effective upon appointment. 


ELAC was created by the Legislature in 2007.  The Council plays a pivotal role in the early learning system as an advisory body to DEL and serves as a connector among the state, local communities and constituencies across Washington. 

ELAC’s membership reflects Washington’s regional, racial, and cultural diversity and includes parents, child care providers, health/safety experts and legislators, as well as representatives of Tribal Nations, independent schools, the K-12 and higher education systems, and others interested in creating a statewide early learning system that helps all children realize their full potential. Read more about ELAC and its work.

ELAC representatives from around the state meet regularly to advise and work with DEL to assist in policy development and implementation that assist the department in promoting alignment of private and public sector actions, objectives, and resources, so that partners can collectively ensure that all children succeed in school and life. 


Members serve two-year terms that expire on June 30th of the second year. ELAC meets at least six times per year; generally from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ELAC members are expected to attend the majority of meetings and be prepared to actively participate. Participants who volunteer in subcommittees or work groups should expect to meet outside of the regular meeting dates. 

The open membership seats are unpaid positions, although non-governmental members may be eligible for compensation and reimbursement for travel expenses incurred while carrying out ELAC duties.


Interested individuals who can commit to the membership requirements can apply for an open ELAC seat online on the Governor’s website by June 18, 2017. Along with your resume, please attach a brief statement that addresses the following: 
  • Which vacant seat are you applying for and how do you meet the criteria? 
  • Why would you like to serve as a representative on ELAC? 
  • How did you hear about ELAC and/or who referred you? 
  • What is your perspective on or approach to providing equitable early learning opportunities? 
  • What impact do you hope to see ELAC have on early learning in Washington, and how would you like to contribute to that effort?
Please contact with any questions.

Thank you for your interest in contributing to our state’s progress toward building an early learning system that meets the needs of all Washington children and families!

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