On March 17, 2011, Gov. Mark Dayton signed Executive Order 11-05 creating the Early Learning council. His press release said he has re-authorized a statewide panel formed three years ago to work on early childhood education issues (established in 2008 by Governor's Executive Order 08-14), renaming the group the "Early Learning Council." The Council will have an expanded membership that will be named through the open appointments process. The primary goal of the Early Learning Council is to ensure that all children are school-ready by 2020. Council members will make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature, including a legislative proposal that will effectively create a high-quality early childhood system in Minnesota that will help improve educational outcomes for all children.
The Early Learning Council was reviewed by the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy (LCPFP) in 2013 as part of their biennial duty required by Minn. Stat. 3.885 Subd. 11. The LCPFP's 2013 Recommendations called for keeping the council.
Governor Tim Walz provided for the council's continuance by issuing Executive Order 19-29.