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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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IMPROVING CHILD CARE QUALITY AND PROMOTING FAMILY WORK SUPPORT

Baby crawling toward the cameraThis policy brief highlights the role of state legislatures in child care state policy and state approaches that address child care cost and quality in ways that meet the needs of young children, working parents and states' economic and workforce goals.

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EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION E-UPDATE

Magnifying glass over the word newsQuarterly the Early Care 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.

Spring 2014  is now available.

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CHILD CARE AND EARLY EDUCATION LEGISLATION DATABASE

The Early Care and Education database tracks and updates early care and education legislation from the 2008-2014 legislative sessions for 50 states and the territories.

 

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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. The 2014 Early Learning Fellows will meet for a second face-to-face meeting in August 2014.

 

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BRAIN MATTERS

Young Children Reading at a DeskThe January 2014 State Legislatures Magazine has a featured article written by Robyn Lipkowitz and Julie Poppe of the early care and education project in the children and families program at the National Conference of State Legislatures. The article highlights research into how brain development is shaping early childhood policies and programs.

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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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  • Early Learning Fellows Class Three

    The Early Learning Fellows program is a new endeavor designed to support legislators and legislative staff who are experienced or emerging leaders on early childhood and early learning issues. The program includes face to face meetings, virtual meetings, idea sharing and newsletters.

  • Early Childhood 101

    An overview of major early childhood issues and links to helpful content.

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