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Early Care and Education

Early Care and Education

COME TO THE 2014 SUMMIT

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There are many interesting sessions including Keeping the American Dream Alive and Reading by Third Grade: It's Critical. Learn more about these and many other exciting sessions by viewing the Human Services and Welfare online agenda today.  

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EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION E-UPDATE

Magnifying glass over the word News Quarterly 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 & EARLY EDUCATION 2013 LEGISLATIVE ACTION

Young Children Reading at a DeskNCSL's Child Care and Early Education annual legislative action report. In 2013, 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico introduced nearly 700 bills on the topic of early care and education.

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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. Preparing for the third class to commence in May 2014 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.

 

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BRAIN MATTERS

Baby CrawlingThe 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.

  • Archived Webinar: State Prekindergarten Programs

    First of two webinars in the series for NCSL Early Learning Fellows. Steve Barnett with the National Institute for Early Education Research will highlight the key findings from the annual State Preschool Yearbook.

  • Early Care and Education E-update Spring 2014

    Quarterly early care and education Eupdate. Topics covered in this Spring 2014 addition include the Early Learning Fellows program, Pay for Success, Trends in Preschool plus information about upcoming NCSL publications and meetings.

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