By Alison May

The Early Care and Education legislative tracking database tracks and updates early care and education legislation from the 2008-2013 legislative sessions for 50 states and the territories. The Early Care and Education 2013 Legislative Action report was prepared using StateNet, a legislative tracking database, to perform bill searches and analysis.

The 2013 legislative session was a busy one as lawmakers in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico introduced nearly 700 bills on the topic of early care and education. Of those, 174 became law in 38 states and Puerto Rico.

Kids in a circle on groundNotably, lawmakers enacted comprehensive bills or bill packages to address multiple aspects of state early care and education policy, including longitudinal student data systems, the early childhood workforce, appropriations and innovative financing for programs and services. 

Under the umbrella, and tracked by NCSL’s Early Care and Education staff, were bills related to the topics of: 

  • Child Care (62 enacted bills)
  • Prekindergarten, School Readiness and Early Literacy Development (29 enacted bills)
  • Early Childhood Governance and Data Systems (29 enacted bills)
  • Home Visiting and Birth-to-3 Services (22 enacted bills)
  • Early Childhood Workforce (11 enacted bills)
  • State Appropriations and Innovative Financing (32 enacted bills)
  • Comprehensive Bills on Early Care and Education (10 enacted bills)

This annual report produced by NCSL’s Early Care and Education project exists in three sections. First, the 2013 Legislative Action Overview second, Enacted Legislation by State and Topic and third, Summary of Enacted Legislation by State.

As states move into the 2014 legislative session remember to frequently visit the Child Care and Early Education Legislation Database which tracks and updates early care and education legislation for 50 states and the territories. Legislation can be searched by state, topic, status, primary sponsor, bill number or keyword. The database is updated on a biweekly basis and includes a section of introduced bills of note.

Alison May is staff coordinator of NCSL’s Children and Families Program

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