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By Alison May

We’re excited to share with you our fall quarterly Early Care and Education e-update.

Child with flowerThis edition of the e-update features a short list of recent NCSL resources. Resources include a LegisBrief about children with special health care needs, an archived webinar about legislative Children’s Caucuses and highlights from a recent human services chairs meeting.

The newsletter also includes a summary of some notable legislation enacted in 2017. (A full report of all enacted 2017 legislation will be available early in 2018.) You’ll also get an overview of some federal updates and as always an offering of recently released early childhood articles, briefs and reports.

Quarterly, we include one article featuring the answer to a recently received information request.

Interested in learning more about which states use Medicaid funds to support home visiting services? At least 20 states use Medicaid funds to finance home visiting services. Learn more in the e-update. Speaking of home visiting, NCSL will be hosting a webinar “State Home Visiting: Enhancing Maternal and Child Health, Wellbeing and School Readiness” on Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. ET. Sign up today and join us.

To round out the e-update we’ve included highlights about the sixth cohort of NCSL’s Early Learning Fellows Program, a list of upcoming events to place on your calendar, and information about our Infant and Toddler Project, which continues the work of focusing on prenatal to age 3 policies. 

The Early Care and Education e-update is created quarterly as an information service for state legislators and legislative staff. If you would like to subscribe and receive this newsletter please email Alison May. 

NCSL’s Early Care and Education team—Bethany Anderson, Alison May and Julie Poppe—are here for you on policy topics such as brain science and research, child care, prekindergarten and school readiness, early childhood workforce and much more. We wish our readership a happy holiday season. Look for our 2018 e-updates to start back up in February.

Alison May is a research analyst II in NCSL’s Children and Families program.

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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.