Early Learning Council

The Early Learning Council (ELC) makes recommendations to the Governor, Children’s Cabinet and Legislature, including proposed legislation on how to effectively create a high-quality early childhood system in Minnesota to ensure all children arrive at kindergarten school-ready. The Council was created by Governor Dayton’s Executive Order 11-05.

The Council is responsible for fulfilling the duties required by federal and state statutes. Duties of the Council required by federal law are described in the Head Start Act of 2007 and the Minnesota Legislature. See Resources to read more.  

The Early Learning Council (ELC) consists of up to 30 members, including the state Head Start Collaboration Director, and one representative each from the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services. The governor, the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate each appoint members.
 
The Early Learning Council may establish committees or work groups for specific tasks. These work groups make recommendations to the full Council for decision. Specific meeting information can be found on the MDE Calendar. Search by title for the Early Learning Council.


Council Materials


Meeting Minutes


Minnesota-Developed Materials

Early Childhood Indicators of Progress: Minnesota’s Early Learning Standards are a framework for understanding and communicating a common set of developmentally appropriate expectations for children in the preschool period of ages three to five, presented within a context of shared responsibility and accountability for helping children meet these expectations. View the Early Childhood Indicators.

Early Childhood Indicators of Progress: Minnesota’s Early Learning Guidelines for Birth to 3
provides a framework for understanding and communicating a common set of developmentally appropriate expectations for infants and toddlers. View the Guidelines on the Minnesota Department of Human Services website.

Reports and Plans