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Early Care and Education

Early Care and Education

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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NCSL'S FORUM AND MEETING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES

2014 Forum logo with US Capitol Building Come 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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EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION E-UPDATE

Quarterly the Early CarMagnifying glass over the word newse and Education E-update is created as an information service for state legislators and legislative staff who are part of NCSL's Child Care and Early Education Legislative Network. View our catalog of quarterly E-updates.

Summer 2014 is now available.

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EARLY EDUCATION AND CHILD CARE BILL TRACKING DATABASE

Baby crawling toward the cameraThIs database tracks and updates early care and education legislation from the 2008-2014 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. Search by state, topic, status, primary sponsor, bill number or keyword.

 

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EARLY LEARNING FELLOWS PROGRAM

Capitol Dome with Blue BackgroundNCSL's Early Learning Fellows program began in 2011 the program exposes Fellows to the latest research and state policy ideas during a series which includes webinars and meetings. Fellows have been nominated by state leadership, completed an application, and selected based on their interest and commitment to the topic. Learn more about the 2014 class of Early Learning Fellows program.

 

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EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION STATE BUDGET ACTIONS FY 2014

Nurse visiting with mother and babyIn May 2014, NCSL surveyed 20 state legislative fiscal offices on their FY 2014-15 state appropriations for various early care and education programs (child care, prekindergarten, home visiting and other related programs). Preliminary findings are available now, the full report will be available October 2014.

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OVERVIEW | EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION

State lawmakers play an important role in advancing critical early childhood programs that support children’s healthy development and promote family well-being. Equipped with compelling brain research and strong economic and evaluation findings, lawmakers are working to improve access to and quality of early childhood services that are key to children’s development, school readiness, life success and family well-being.

NCSL staff focuses on state policy, tracking legislation and providing research and policy analysis, consultation, and technical assistance specifically geared to a legislative audience.

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