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The ELAC was established in 2013 by the Indiana General Assembly (IC 12-17.2-3.7). Committee membership is appointed by the governor and includes representation from the Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning (formerly The Bureau of Child Care), the Department of Education, Head Start, an early childhood education program, Cummins, Eli Lilly, and the Welborn Baptist Foundation. The committee's responsibilities include:
The ELAC must make annual recommendations to the governor and legislative council concerning the results of the committee's work.
See the ELAC Overview for the Vision, Goals, and Objectives.
Kevin Bain, Welborn Baptist Foundation (ELAC chairman)
Alonzo Weems, Eli Lilly
Tammy Veselsky, Traders Point Christian Academy
Melanie Brizzi, Indiana FSSA, Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning
Charlie Geier, Indiana Department of Education
Beckie Minglin, Office of the Head Start Collaboration Director
Connie Sherman, St. Mary's Child Center (ELAC special advisor)
John Burnett, Community Education Coalition (ELAC special advisor)
More information about ELAC members can be found in this press release- Governor Pence Appoints Early Learning Advisory Committee
ELAC will accomplish its objectives through seven workgroups that have been formed, representing over 120 community stakeholders from early childhood programs, higher education institutions, community partners, funders, and government. The seven workgroups are:
Evaluation of Child and Parent Outcomes
Child Development and Well Being
Workforce and Professional Development
Each workgroup has 1 to 2 primary responsibilities to address the needs identified and develop recommendations that will be presented to ELAC and the Governor and Legislative Council for action.