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Early Care and Education

Early Care and Education

ECE STATE BUDGET ACTIONS FY 2014

Nurse visiting with mother and babyFull report, including colored maps and state appropriations table available now. State appropriations to early care and education increased 3.8 percent ($368.8 million). Appropriations increased in each of the four categories—child care, prekindergarten, home visiting and other related programs—with prekindergarten appropriations seeing the largest increase between FY 2014 and FY 2015.

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SCHOOL READINESS ASSESSMENT

Young boy jumping in the airNCSL has just released a summary that includes recent school readiness assessment legislative updates since 2010. Currently, at least 34 states and the District of Columbia have some form of school readiness assessment statute or regulation.

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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.

Fall 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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PREKINDERGARTEN

young boy leaning on a fenceForty-one states and the District of Columbia currently provide a total of $5.3 billion in state funding for preschool programs. Learn more about prekindergarten in your state.

 

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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 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.

This page is continually updated so be sure to check back often.

 

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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. In addition staff annually host NCSL’s Early Learning Fellows program, a premier program geared toward legislators and legislative staff who are experienced or emerging leaders on early childhood and early learning issues.

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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 Care and Education Fall 2014 E-Update

    This quarterly edition of the Fall 2014 E-update includes articles highlighting: NEW NCSL web documents, early learning fellows update, the intersection of health & early learning, Forum 2014 in Washington, D.C. and a Federal Update about the reauthorization of CCDBG.

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