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EARLY CHILDHOOD 101

Young Boy and Girl sitting at a desk reading togetherAre you looking for a quick scan of the hot topics related to early learning? Look no further then the recently updated Early Childhood 101 page. Here you can learn about the science of brain development, governance structures, family supports and parent engagements, plus so much more.

Read our recent blog post Need an Early Childhood Policy Brush-Up? Read On!

 

 

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IMPROVING CHILD CARE QUALITY AND PROMOTING FAMILY WORK SUPPORT

Baby crawling toward the cameraThis policy brief highlights the role of state legislatures in child care state policy and state approaches that address child care cost and quality in ways that meet the needs of young children, working parents and states' economic and workforce goals.

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2014 LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT

Legislative Summit circle logoThank you to everyone who attended the 2014 Legislative Summit in Minneapolis. We hope the Summit offered ideas and solutions to take on the critical issues in your state. Here are some of the resources we think willl be useful as you head home.

Summit Online Resources
Streaming Sessions Archive   
Photos From Summit
Videos From Summit
 

 

   

THREE BRANCH INSTITUTE ON CHILD SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING

The Three Branch Institute on Child Social and Emotional Well-Being is a partnership between NCSL, the National Governors Association, Casey Family Programs, the National Center for State Courts, and the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges. The 2014 Three Branch Institute on Child Social and Emotional Well-Being was held June 30-July 2, 2014, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Learn more about the meeting and evolution of the Three Branch Institute.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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  • Early Learning Fellows Class Three

    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.

  • Early Childhood 101

    An overview of major early childhood issues and links to helpful content.

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