Child Care and Early Education Legislation Databas

Early Education and Child Care Bill Tracking Database

Next update scheduled for January 27, 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):

  • Minnesota HB 46 & S 6 (Rep. Murphy, E. & Sen. Hoffman): Provides funding for universal all-day preschool for four-year-old students.
  • Mississippi SB 2145 (Sen. Wiggins): Authorizes an income tax credit for taxpayers in an amount equal to child care expenses paid by taxpayers for child care for their children to prekindergarten providers who participate in the early learning collaborative act of 2013; authorizes a tax credit for prekindergarten providers who participate in the early learning collaborative act.
  • Nebraska L 81 (Sen. Cook): At redetermination of eligibility, if a family's income exceeds one hundred forty percent of the federal poverty level, the family shall continue to receive transitional child care assistance for up to twenty-four consecutive months or until the family income exceeds one hundred eighty-five percent of the federal poverty level. The amount of such child care assistance shall be based on a cost-shared plan between the recipient family and the state and shall be based on a sliding-scale methodology.
  • Texas HB 617 (Rep. Deshotel): Relates to the establishment of the office of Early learning within the State Education Agency.

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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