In Indiana, we work together so that every child can develop to his or her fullest potential socially, emotionally, physically, cognitively, and academically. Through growth in all of these domains, the child will become a healthy, capable, competent, and powerful learner.
THE RIGHT START
ELAC is working to ensure that children ages birth to 8 years and their families have access to affordable, high-quality early childhood education programs that keep children healthy, safe and learning. The Governor appoints ELAC committee members who offer guidance and input to the Governor’s Office and Indiana General Assembly.
NARROWING THE GAP
High-quality early childhood education is a critical component of K-12 success, and research shows it can help close the achievement gap. By increasing access to high quality early childhood education, Indiana has the opportunity to ensure that children are ready to learn and succeed in school, compete in the global economy and contribute to thriving communities.
THE BIG GOAL
The ELAC team has a BIG GOAL: Every child in the state of Indiana will be prepared and ready for school and success in life. In order for us to achieve this BIG GOAL, we must ensure that all families have access to affordable, high-quality care and education from birth on. ELAC’s focus is to create the framework and infrastructure that is necessary to create a landscape in which all children have the ability to succeed.
THE BIG GOAL
REQUIRES FOCUS & BEGINS
ELAC will accomplish its goals through seven workgroups that have been formed, representing over 140 community stakeholders from early childhood programs, higher education institutions, community partners, funders, and government. We have developed five main strategies that will drive our focus and enable us to build the infrastructure by 2020 in order to achieve the BIG GOAL.