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By Alison May

We’re excited to share with you our spring quarterly Early Care and Education e-update.

child with flowerThis edition of the e-update highlights some of the interesting 2016 enacted bills of note (so far) and gives a strong shout out to the fifth class of NCSL’s Early Learning Fellows. In response to many questions surrounding the federal background check requirement for child care workers, this e-update dedicates a full article covering the number of states that require child care workers to submit to a federal fingerprint background check.

You also can read a brief summary about “Equity Starts Early: How Chiefs Will Build High-Quality Early Education,” a report authored by the Council of Chief State School Officers. We’re excited to be hosting a webinar looking deeper at this report on Thursday, June 30, at 2 p.m. ET. Registration will be open shortly.

To round out the e-update we’ve included a handful of federal updates, a quick overview of upcoming events and as always an offering of recently released issue specific resources such as articles, briefs and reports. 

The Early Care and Education e-update is created quarterly as an information service for state legislators and legislative staff who are part of NCSL's Child Care and Early Education Legislative Network. Outside links are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement by NCSL.

We wish our readers an enjoyable spring and early summer. If you are not already registered for the 2016 Legislative Summit, do so! It would be great to see many of you in Chicago Aug. 8-11. You can also view all of the Health and Human Services sessions that will be offered at this years’ Summit. 

Remember NCSL and the Early Care and Education team are here for you specifically focusing on policy topics such as brain science and research, early childhood literacy, prekindergarten and school readiness, early childhood workforce and much more.

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

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