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By Meghan McCann

DID YOU KNOW: NCSL’s Children and Families Program convened its third annual Human Services Chairs Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 2-4? For more about the programming and resources, visit our webpage.

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.

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Early Learning Fellows: NCSL's Early Learning Fellows program began in 2011 and is designed to expose participants to the latest research and state policy ideas about early learning during a series of meetings and webinars. The NCSL 2017 Early Learning Fellows met for the second of two face-to-face meetings mid-September in Denver, Colo. Access PowerPoints and meeting materials by visiting our webpage.

Human Services Chairs Meeting: Twenty-seven chairs of human services and related appropriations committees representing 21 states convened in Nashville to roll up their sleeves and dive deeply into state policies to improve human services systems. View meeting presentations and handouts by visiting our webpage.

NCSL Resources

Child Support Digest, Volume 5, Number 3: NCSL's Quarterly child support newsletter featuring information on state-by-state child support data, child support guidelines, fatherhood engagement, workforce innovations and news from across the country.

Early Care and Education 2017 Webinar Series: NCSL’s first annual Early Care and Education Policy Webinar series featured presentations on child care, prekindergarten, infant and early childhood home visiting, financing strategies, and more! These webinars ran monthly from April through August 2017. The archives of these webinars are available on our webpage.

Human Trafficking: NCSL has developed several new resources summarizing and analyzing the many state efforts to reduce the incidents of human trafficking and improve the treatment for survivors.

National Reports and Resources

Children’s Bureau Express, October 2017: The October 2017 issue of the Children’s Bureau Express spotlights collaboration and data sharing across various systems, including child welfare and education systems. The articles look at how collaboration can sustain evidence-based interventions and benefit child welfare outcomes.

Three Principles to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families: The Center on the Developing Child, at Harvard University, published a new report highlighting the Three Principles to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families. These principles are (1) reducing sources of stress; (2) supporting responsive relationships; and (3) strengthening core life skills.

Systems to Family Stability National Policy Academy: In 2015-2016, seven states and one county participated in an 18-month technical assistance initiative aimed at modernizing and improving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) practice, sponsored by the Office of Family Assistance (OFA). OFA released the state profiles detailing the work in Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Ramsey County, Minnesota, North Carolina, Utah, Washington and West Virginia.

Child Welfare Fact Sheets: Child Trends released 50-state fact sheets detailing child welfare data, including child maltreatment, foster care, transition-age foster youth, kinship caregiving, and adoption.

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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