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By Meghan McCann

Photo of a boy jumpingDID YOU KNOW: According to recent data, 8.6 million children were estimated to be eligible for child care subsidies through the federal Child Care and Development Fund program, but about 1.5 million children received them. NCSL provides information and resources on child care subsidy and quality policy options.

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.

Upcoming Events

  • State Preschool Programs Webinar: Join NCSL for a webinar on state preschool programs and hear from Steve Barnett with the National Institute for Early Education Research  about the key findings from the annual State Preschool YearbookRegister for the July 20, 2017, webinar.
  • NCSL’s Legislative Summit in Boston, Aug. 6-9, 2017: Plan to join us Aug. 6-9 in Boston for the annual Legislative Summit. Register and learn more about the specific Human Services sessions, including a look at state strategies to address Adverse Childhood Experiences and ways to support foster parents.

Publications from Children and Families

  • Domestic Violence Webinar: Domestic violence continues to be a problem in the U.S. and state legislators are dedicated to finding ways to addressing this issue. Learn about the changes states have proposed on the topic in areas from protection orders, child support and professional training. Check out the archived webinar, Legislative Response Confronting Domestic Violence.
  • Early Care & Education E-Update: In the Spring E-Update access information about recent NCSL Early Care and Education publications, the 2017 legislative session, child care inspection requirements. Additionally, learn more about our new infant and toddler project convening and the Early Learning Fellows Program in 2017.
  • Child Welfare Financing 101: Funding for state child welfare services is a complicated web of federal, state and local money. Check out NCSL's updated publication, Child Welfare Financing 101, which includes 50-state funding data from FY 2012 and FY 2014, and a description of the various federal funding streams available to states and localities.
  • Child Support Digest, Vol. 5, No. 2: NCSL's Quarterly child support newsletter features information on the states' responses the new federal rule, child support and parenting time orders, funding and modernization of child support programs and fatherhood program evaluations, as well as news from across the country.
  • State-by-State Child Support Data: States collected $32.7 billion dollars on behalf of the 15.6 million children served by child support enforcement programs during FY2016, according to a recently released report from the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement. See a 2013-2016 comparison on collections, distribution and caseload information from all 50-states and territories.

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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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.