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EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION E-UPDATE

Magnifying glass over the word newsQuarterly the Early CarMagnifying glass over the word newse and Education E-update is created as an information service for state legislators and legislative staff who are part of NCSL's Child Care and Early Education Legislative Network. View our catalog of quarterly E-updates.

Summer 2014 is now available.

 

 

 

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EXTENDING FOSTER CARE BEYOND 18

Young peopleLegislation from 2009 through 2014 that extends foster care beyond age 18 under the Fostering Connections Act of 2008, or otherwise extends services to older youth in foster care. RECENTLY UPDATED with information on cost avoidance and implementation challenges using a study of the implementation of the California Fostering Connections act.

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CHILD WELFARE SEPTEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER

Three adolescent female teens standing with arms folded NCSL's Child Welfare Project monthly newsletter featuring information on extending foster care, foster children's bill of rights, foster parent bill of rights, congregate and group care, the effects of maltreatment on child development, grandparents day and more.
 

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EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION STATE BUDGET ACTIONS FY 2014

Nurse visiting with a mother and babyIn May 2014, NCSL surveyed 20 state legislative fiscal offices on their FY 2014-15 state appropriations for various early care and education programs (child care, prekindergarten, home visiting and other related programs). Preliminary findings are available now, the full report will be available October 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

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OVERVIEW | HUMAN SERVICES

What happens to children -- especially in their early years--echoes over the long haul across a broad range of social policy areas. How children fare today will be felt in all parts of society--in schools, the economy, health, welfare and criminal justice systems. In addition, polls suggest that voters are dissatisfied over governmental responses to the needs of children and families. To address these concerns and help legislators support families in their communities, NCSL tracks state and federal policies and programs in three key areas:  early childhood care and education, welfare and poverty, and child welfare. In addition, we offer resources on child support, marriage, domestic violence and family law. The human services federal affairs staff represents state legislatures on the full range of federal human service issues in Washington, D.C.

NCSL staff can provide comprehensive, thorough, timely and in-depth information on critical human service policy issues. Staff working on human services includes the Children and Families Program in Denver and the human services federal affairs staff in Washington, D.C. We provide services to legislators and staff working to improve state policies affecting children and their families.

STANDING COMMITTEE

The Health and Human Services Committee is one of eight NCSL Standing Committees that educates Congress and federal agencies about state concerns and serves as a forum for state legislators and legislative staff to learn about and share information regarding programs and initiatives in other states. In particular, this committee has jurisdiction over state federal health and humans services programs, legislation, regulations and policies.

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    The Early Learning Fellows program is a new endeavor designed to support legislators and legislative staff who are experienced or emerging leaders on early childhood and early learning issues. The program includes face to face meetings, virtual meetings, idea sharing and newsletters.

We are the nation's most respected bipartisan organization providing states support, ideas, connections and a strong voice on Capitol Hill.

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