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By Meghan McCann

DID YOU KNOW: Many states reported using Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds for child care. Twenty-four states transferred or directly used TANF funds for child care ranging from $2 million in Texas up to $382 million in California. See NCSL’s Early Care and Education State Budget Actions FY 2017 page for more.

NCSL’s Children and Families program covers many human services issues, including child support and family law, child welfare, early care and education, welfare and poverty.

Publications from Children and Families

Upcoming Webinar: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being of children. Register and join us at 2 p.m. ET on May 18 to learn more about ACEs and policy options that support families and children's health and well-being. This webinar is part of a larger NCSL Early Care and Education Webinar Series. Visit our webinar series page for more about upcoming webinars and to access archives of past webinars.

Early Care and Education State Budget Actions FY 2017

NCSL surveyed state legislative fiscal offices on their FY 2015, FY 2016 and FY 2017 state appropriations for various early care and education programs—child care, prekindergarten, home visiting and other related programs. View the results on NCSL’s Early Care and Education State Budget Actions page.

Updated Child Support Resources

Have you ever wondered what legislative committees have jurisdiction over child support? Or how many states use a judicial process to establish child support orders? Check out these updated resources for the answer:

Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Legislation

The federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014 requires states to implement a “reasonable and prudent parenting standard" giving foster parents the authority to make day-to-day decisions affecting children in their care. Visit our new Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Standard page to see how states have enacted legislation to address this requirement.

What’s New Nationally?

Responsible Fatherhood Re-entry Projects Implementation

The Urban Institute released a report, Final Implementation Findings from the Responsible Fatherhood Re-entry Projects, in April evaluating six fatherhood reentry programs funded by the Office of Family Assistance. The fatherhood programs evaluated are located in California, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota and West Virginia.

Trauma-Informed Early Education

A new blog from Child Trends, Early care and education can help young children overcome trauma, discusses and provides resources regarding trauma-informed care and its importance in early care and education settings.

National Foster Care Month

The May issue of the Children’s Bureau Express highlights May as National Foster Care Month with articles about mental and physical health of children in foster care, rural youth services, and other resources for foster parents.

Meghan McCann is a senior policy specialist with NCSL’s Children and Families Program. She covers child support, child welfare and family law issues.

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