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By Alison May

This e-update features a short list of new NCSL resources. Included in this batch of resources now available to you is a LegisBrief about legislative children’s caucuses, an archived webinar about state home visiting programs, a webpage dedicated to the opioid epidemic and more.

Child with flowerThe newsletter also includes a summary of notable legislation introduced thus far in 2018, an overview of relevant federal updates, and, as always, an offering of recently released early childhood articles, briefs and reports from the field.

Each quarter we feature NCSL’s response to one recent information request. Want to learn more about how legislatures have addressed workforce education, compensation and benefits? In 2017 at least eight states passed bills addressing these issues. Learn more in the e-update, and stay tuned for a web brief this summer looking at the early care and education workforce.

To round out this e-update, we’ve also included highlights from NCSL’s Early Learning Fellows Program now entering its seventh year, upcoming events to place on your calendar, and a brief profile of  Wade Fickler, the new group director heading up NCSL’s Children and Families program.  NCSL’s Early Care and Education e-update is produced quarterly as an information service for state legislators and legislative staff. If you would like to subscribe, please email Alison May. Our next e-update will be published in May.

NCSL’s Early Care and Education team (Alison May and Julie Poppe) is here for you on policy topics such as brain science, child care, prekindergarten and school readiness, early childhood workforce and much more.

We hope you are having a happy and healthy start to 2018.

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.