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By Alison May

It’s hard to believe that NCSL’s Early Care and Education quarterly e-update for winter 2016 is already out and making the rounds. Winter is a busy time of the year here at NCSL. As of today most states have already convened their 2016 session and some, including New Mexico, have already adjourned for the year. 

Child with blocksSince so much happens this time of year it's no surprise that this edition of our e-update is denser than other installments. There’s so much to share this time of year!

The winter 2016 edition of our quarterly e-update includes articles highlighting recent NCSL publication, an overview of the 2016 legislative session so far, information about our premier Early Learning Fellows program and a snapshot of the important CCDBG Reauthorization and what legislators should know about it.

The e-update continues by highlighting a recent information request about license-exempt child care, providing a summary of the Child Care Aware of America annual report about the high cost of child care. Finally, you’ll see a federal update about ESSA, dates to mark in your calendar and a whole slew of terrific resources from the field.

Enjoy the full e-update and stay warm for the remaining weeks of winter. We’ll look forward to sharing our spring e-update with you this May. As always if you have questions about early care and education in your state reach out by calling 303-364-7700 or emailing us at

Alison May is a staff coordinator in NCSL’s Children and Families program.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.