House of Representatives
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Early Learning & Children's Services Committee
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Brief Description: Changing early learning advisory council provisions.
Sponsors: Senators Kauffman and McAuliffe.
Hearing Date: 2/19/10
Staff: Sydney Forrester (786-7120).
Early Learning Advisory Council.
In 2007 the Legislature created the Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) to advise the Department of Early Learning (DEL) on statewide early learning needs and progress. The ELAC is directed to work in conjunction with the DEL to develop a statewide Early Learning Plan (ELP). The draft ELP was released in December 2009, and the final version is to be delivered in March 2010.
The ELAC may include up to 25 members, as follows:
one representative from each of the following state agencies:
the Office of Financial Management;
the Department of Social and Health Services;
the Department of Health;
the Higher Education Coordinating Board;
the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges; and
the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction;
seven or more leaders in early childhood education, appointed by the Governor;
two members of the House of Representatives, one from each caucus;
two members of the Senate, one from each caucus;
two parents, one of whom must serve on the DEL's Parent Advisory Council;
one representative designated by sovereign tribal governments;
two representatives from Thrive by Five Washington (Thrive); and
one representative from the Washington Federation of Independent Schools.
The ELAC members serve staggered two-year terms. Co-chairs are elected by vote, with one representing a state agency and the other representing a nongovernmental entity. The DEL provides staff support to the ELAC and members are reimbursed for travel expenses incurred in carrying out their duties.
Summary of Bill:
The role of the ELAC is revised so that it advises the DEL on issues leading to the building of a comprehensive system of quality early learning programs and services by:
assessing needs and the availability of services
developing plans for data collection and professional development; and
setting key performance measures.
The membership of the ELAC is reduced to not more than 23 members. Thrive representation is reduced from two members to one, and the total number appointed by the Governor is limited to seven.
Fiscal Note: Not requested.
Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.