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EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION E-UPDATE

Mother and baby meeting with a nurse in their homeThis quarterly edition of the Fall 2014 E-update includes articles highlighting: new and updated NCSL web documents, a closer look at NCSL's Early Learning Fellows, and a look at the emerging idea of the intersection between health and early learning. In addition the E-update includes a handful of useful resources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PREVENTING SEX TRAFFICKING

U.S. Capitol DomeOn September 19, 2014, President Obama signed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014 into law. The Act requires some important changes to state child welfare and child support policy.
View a summary of the child welfare provisions.
View an explanation of the child support provisions.
Read a recent blog post.

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE UPDATE

two intertwined wedding bands placed with a rose flowerA South Carolina state Supreme Court and federal judge in Montana are the latest to rule overturning same-sex marriage bans. With these changes, at least 35 states and D.C. recognize same-sex marriage.


 

 

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NCSL'S FORUM AND MEETING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES

2014 Forum logo with US Capitol BuildingCome to the NCSL Forum in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9-12, 2014 to help craft the States’ Agenda and learn the latest on important state-federal issues.

 

 

 

 

 

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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 Care and Education Fall 2014 E-Update

    This quarterly edition of the Fall 2014 E-update includes articles highlighting: NEW NCSL web documents, early learning fellows update, the intersection of health & early learning, Forum 2014 in Washington, D.C. and a Federal Update about the reauthorization of CCDBG.

  • Health Oversight for Children and Youth in Foster Care

    States have been active in their oversight of health care services to foster youth by addressing issues such as access to medical, dental, vision care, behavioral and mental health services and information sharing to management of psychotropic medications and reporting instances of substance abused newborns.

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