Child Care and Early Education Legislation Databas

Early Education and Child Care Bill Tracking Database

Next update scheduled for February 10, 2015

The Early Care and Education database tracks and updates early care and education legislation from the 2008-2015 legislative sessions for 50 states and the territories. Issues include child care and child care financing, early childhood services, prekindergarten, professional development, home visiting, infants and toddlers, and financing early education. Legislation can be searched by state, topic, status, primary sponsor, bill number or keyword. This database, which is updated biweekly, is made possible by the generous support of the Alliance for Early Success.

During the 2014 legislative session, legislators were busy with policy issues related to young children. In total 111 bills were enacted or adopted into law in 35 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Read the full Early Care & Education 2014 Legislative Action Report. This is an annual report of enacted legislation in states on issues related to early care and education. View previous years' reports.


View the full 2015 legislative calendar for all states and the territories, including states that have year-round sessions and states in special sessions.

For the most up-to-date status and description of early care and education legislation from the 2008 to 2015 legislative sessions for 50 states and the territories, scroll down to search the NCSL Early Care and Education Database, updated every 2 weeks starting on January 13, 2015.

Notes about the Database:

  • New feature in 2015: The full text of bills is now available by clicking on the bill number. You must be registered for the NCSL website and logged in to view the text.
  • To ensure the bill status reflects the appropriate year, please check the “Date of Last Action” field.
  • The following terms may be inserted in the “Keyword” search field to identify bills in early literacy development, brain science/research/development, social and emotional development, and kindergarten entry/readiness assessments.
    • “early literacy”
    • “brain develop”
    •  “social emotional develop”
    • “kindergarten read”

Selected Bills of Note (as introduced):

  • Connecticut SB 782 (Sen. Holder-Winfield): Concerns the retention of Early childhood educators and the staff qualifications requirement, develops a plan that addresses the issue of the retention of Early childhood educators in school readiness programs who obtain a bachelor's degree.
  • Mississippi HB 361 (Rep. Scott, O.): Requires the State Department of Education to establish A Better Chance or the ABC Program for the purpose of providing prekindergarten instruction throughout the state via the internet, requires the program to include certain components, including the daily delivery of real-time instruction by a licensed prekindergarten teacher.
  • Mississippi SB 2312 (Sen. Hill): Authorizes an income tax credit for taxpayers in an amount equal to expenses paid by taxpayers for child care and education for their children by prekindergarten providers.
  • New York A 1715 (Asm. Magnarelli): Creates the child care professionals loan forgiveness incentive program for applicants who agree to engage in employment in the child care field, establishes the eligibility for such awards, and establishes the amount and duration of such awards.
  • Oklahoma HB 1281 (Rep. Cockroft): Establishes a scholarship for Child Development Associate to be administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Allows recipient to choose a Professional Development Specialist, establishes scholarship for Child Care Professional, and details criteria for scholarship candidates.
  • Oregon HB 2781 (Rep. Parrish): Prohibits Office of Child Care from certifying, registering, recording or providing state funds to child care facility when persons with a regular presence at facility possesses a medical marijuana card, prohibits child care facility from hiring, employing or otherwise engaging services of person who possesses medical marijuana card as person with regular presence at facility, directs Office of Child Care to create system whereby owners and operators of child care facilities may apply to receive information.
  • Washington SB 5160 (Sen. McCoy): Creates an office of Native Early child care and education.

Bill summaries are current as of date of legislative passage and may not include provisions not approved by governors. For questions, comments, additions or corrections, please contact Early Care and Education staff by emailing or calling 303-364-7700.

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Sources: State Net, NCSL and state legislatures. 2015.

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