By Meghan McCann
NCSL’s Children and Families program covers many issues typically grouped under the human services umbrella, including child support and family law, child welfare, early care and education, home visiting, welfare and poverty.
Publications from Children and Families
Early Care and Education Quarterly E-update
In the Spring 2016 edition of the Early Care and Education quarterly E-update read about the 2016 legislative session to date, the 2016 Early Learning Fellows program, federal background check and child care workers and more. As always the E-update includes numerous resources from others in the field.
Career Pathways Programs: Helping Low-Income People Increase Skills and Access Good-Paying Jobs
With millions of adults lacking the level of education and training needed to get jobs that pay well, provide benefits, and offer opportunities for advancement, states are implementing Career Pathway Programs to help adults navigate a path to jobs that pay well in their communities. NCSL recently authored a web brief highlighting Career Pathway Programs aimed at helping low-income individuals, including public assistance recipients, increase their education and earnings.
The Social and Emotional Well-Being of Children in Foster Care
Child well-being is an important focus for states because of its lifelong impact on children and their success as productive adults. NCSL's new brief on child social and emotional well-being looks at the importance of the issue and options for state policymakers to help improve the well-being of children in foster care.
Archived Webinar | State Preschool Programs: Annual Yearbook Update
Listen to and view an archived copy of NCSL’s late May 2016 webinar featuring Steve Barnett with the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) as he highlighted the key findings from the annual State Preschool Yearbook. Through the webinar you will learn about data and national trends of the states focusing on quality and access, the latest state spending numbers on preschool programs and new survey question results on the preschool workforce and dual language learner policies.
Child Support and Parenting Time
The process for establishing child support and parenting time is complicated and can be different depending on whether the parents are married or not. Given the changing demographics of families today (40% unwed birthrate), establishing financial and emotional support for children is critical. Read a recently posted online brief on the issue and learn how states have addressed child support and parenting time.
What’s New Nationally?
5 Things to Know About the Transition from Foster Care to Adulthood
Child Trends released a new edition in the Five Things, Information that Counts series on the transition from foster care to adulthood. The five things include information about extending foster care beyond 18, family supports, news ideas for supporting older youth during the transition, and ongoing research. Click HERE for more.
May 2016 Child Support Report
The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement released its monthly newsletter, the Child Support Report. This issue takes a look at partnerships and programs that assist families, including employment projects, children’s savings accounts, tax credits, homelessness and other issues impacting families involved with the child support program. Click HERE for more.
New GAO Report on Education for Homeless and Foster Youth
The Government Accountability Office released a report, Actions Needed to Improve Access to Federal Financial Assistance for Homeless and Foster Youth. The report focuses on college age homeless and foster youth who, historically, have had low enrollment in and completion of post-secondary education.
For more about the issues covered by NCSL’s Children and Families Program, and for staff contact information, check out the Children and Families Program Profile.
Meghan McCann is a policy specialist with NCSL’s Children and Families Program. She covers child support, child welfare and family law issues.