By Meghan McCann

State legislators continue to grapple with issues facing children and families. NCSL’s Children and Families Program covers issues of child welfare, child support and early care and education, in addition to welfare, poverty, and hunger and nutrition and we are tackling these issues at NCSL’s Legislative Summit in Minneapolis, Minnesota from August 18 – August 22.

Included in the lineup for Legislative Summit is a host of programming focusing on children and families. In addition to the federal update, policy review and business meeting, experts from across the country will be in Minneapolis to discuss human trafficking, substance abuse, third grade reading and more.

In particular, the Children and Families Program will be hosting an issue forum from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 21 to discuss where the country is 50 years after the War on Poverty was declared.

Much has changed since President Johnson declared war on poverty in 1964. Our economy is different and families are more diverse, yet many still struggle to make ends meet. Experts from the American Enterprise Institute and the Urban Institute will discuss how states can address this complex problem at every life stage and ensure every American has the opportunity to succeed.

Check out NCSL’s Children and Families Update: 2014 Legislative Summit Newsletter for a full list of sessions and programs addressing issues facing children and families so you can bring home 1,000 ideas from the land of 10,000 lakes!

Meghan McCann is a policy associate with NCSL’s Children and Families Program and works primarily on child welfare, child support and family law policy. Email Meghan.


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