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By Alison May

Spring has sprung and along with songbirds, misty mornings, salamanders and bunnies in the backyard, comes NCSL's webinar season.

Child with blocksNCSL’s Early Care and Education project invites you to participate in our first-of-its-kind webinar series. Our project covers a myriad of policy topics including early childhood literacy, prekindergarten and school readiness, brain science and research, child care topics such as subsidy, access and quality, and funding to name a few.

Every month we invite you to join us from the comfort of your home, office or local coffee shop for informative and interactive webinars designed to address specific early childhood policy issues. This webinar series is geared toward our legislative audience and is appropriate for new and experienced members.

Next up, at 2 p.m, ET Thursday, May 18, is "Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences,"

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being of children. These experiences range from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse to parental divorce, economic hardships, or the incarceration of a parent or guardian. Multiple ACEs can lead to potentially negative consequences of riskier behavior and poorer health outcomes. This session will help legislators understand the impact of ACEs and policy options and strategies that support families and children’s health and well-being. Hear from a state that is tackling ACEs across child welfare, health and other policies.

Mark your calendar and register today for one or all the following webinars, Allthe webinars start at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

  • Thursday, May 18  | Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences.
  • Thursday, June 22 | Integrating Early Childhood Data.
  • Thursday, July 20  | State Preschool Programs: Annual National Institute for Early Education Research Update.
  • Thursday, Aug. 24 | Young Dual Language Learners.

The series kicked off in April with an informative webinar Brain Science: Interventions and Policy Implications for Serving Parents and Children featuring Sarah Watamura, Ph.D., from the University of Denver. For those that were unable to attend last month fear not as you can access the archived version and slide deck on our website. Watamura highlighted the latest brain research and the science behind the critical development taking place during the early years.

Be sure to register and join us this spring and summer for our webinar series.

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

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