Rep. Tom Dent appointed to Early Learning Advisory Council

Rep. Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake, has been appointed to the Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) by House Speaker Frank Chopp. Dent, who also serves on the House Early Learning & Human Services Committee, is one of three state legislators currently serving on the council.

ELAC was created by the Washington State Legislature in 2007 with the goal of developing a statewide early learning system that could help children start kindergarten healthy, capable, and confident in their ability to learn and succeed.

“Children are our most precious natural resource, so it is a great honor to have the opportunity to serve on the Early Learning Advisory Council to make a positive difference in their lives as they prepare for a successful future,” said Dent. “I look forward to working with my fellow members on the council to provide ideas and solutions to the Department of Early Learning that will help strengthen the quality of care and early learning for our young people.”

ELAC's 22 members meet six times per year to provide input and recommendations to the Department of Early Learning. Members are comprised of parents, child care providers, health and safety experts, legislators, representatives of tribal nations, independent schools, K-12 and higher education, and others.

The next ELAC meeting is Aug. 10, 2015 at the Lacey Community Center.


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