The ELAC Big Goal

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. Over the next five years, ELAC will be focused on ensuring that critical infrastructure is in place locally and statewide to support increased accessibility, affordability and high-quality.

GOAL 2020

By 2020, critical early childhood local and statewide infrastructure will be in place and delivering increased accessibility, affordability and high-quality.

Indiana is lacking some necessary infrastructure to support the current need and demand for affordable, high quality early childhood education.  ELAC has developed a five-year strategic plan.  Once implemented, high quality early childhood care and education will be more accessible for all children and families; more affordable for at-risk families; and supported by best practices, in all communities.



Reaching Goal 2020 requires concerted action, not just from ELAC, but on the part of all stakeholders. Still, we hold ourselves accountable for helping create the conditions that will lead to having the necessary infrastructure and helping mobilize others to act.


ELAC is monitoring some key indicators to track progress on making early childhood education accessible, affordable and high quality for Indiana’s children and families.  As with many things in 2020, we shifted focus to reflect the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Review the 2020 COVID-19 Dashboard.

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2020 COVID-19 Report

Historically, ELAC has focused the annual needs assessment on understanding the accessibility, quality and affordability of early care and education in Indiana. For the 2021 Report,  ELAC decided to shift the focus to understand the initial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on early care and education in Indiana. This report provides a point-in-time understanding of the impact as of June 30, 2020.