Child Care and Early Education Legislation Databas

Early Education and Child Care Bill Tracking Database

Next update scheduled for May 5, 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.

To read a full report on enacted 2014 legislation go to NCSL’s  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.

Selected Bills of Note (as introduced):

  • Alabama SB 99 (Sen. Ross): Establishes a universal preschool program for the state. Authorizes State Department of Education to promulgate rules for implementation of the program.
  • California SB 792 (Sen. Mendoza): Prohibits a day care center or a family day care home from employing any person who has not been immunized against influenza, pertusis, and measles.
  • Connecticut SB 1008 (Joint Committee on Children): Creates an Infant and Toddler Services Board to formulate a strategic plan to ensure the health and well-being of children ages birth through three in the state.
  • Iowa HB 461 (Rep. Mascher): Requires the Department of Education to establish, administer a full-day preschool program as part of the statewide preschool program.
  • Texas HB 4 (Rep. Huberty): Companion bill SB 801. Establishes a funding program under which funds are awarded to school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to implement a prekindergarten program provided free of tuition or fees. A school district may participate in and receive funding under the program if the district meets all required program standards. Requires high quality curriculum, teacher requirements, a plan for parent engagement and a program funding evaluation.

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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