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By Meghan McCann

Half the states and the District of Columbia have extended foster care beyond age 18 through Title IV-E of the Social Security Act. The act reimburses states for the cost of extended care. Learn more about it in this month’s “State Legislatures” cover story by Nina Williams-Mbengue.

Family walking on pathNCSL’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.

Recent Webinars

Archived Webinar: Cliff Effect
his February 2018 webinar, The Cliff Effect: What Is It and What Are State Strategies to Address It, is part of NCSL’s Whole Family Approach to Jobs Project. Presenters explained benefits cliffs and how the city of Cincinnati identified and responded to these disincentives to work. Participants also heard from leaders in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Tennessee about their work to address benefits cliffs.

NCSL Resources

Whole Family Approach to Jobs
“A Whole Family Approach to Jobs” is a two-year initiative to help participating state leaders in the New England region develop program, policy and system solutions that support parents in achieving greater employment gains and economic stability. The project kicked off with a state team meeting in Portland, Maine in Sept. 2017. Learn more about the project and view an archived webinar on benefits cliffs on the project webpage.

Early Care and Education E-Update, Winter 2018
In the Winter E-Update, access recent NCSL Early Care and Education publications, highlights from 2018 legislative sessions and policy advancements related to the early learning workforce. Additionally, learn more about our continued Early Learning Fellows Program in 2018.

The Economic Argument for Early Childhood Education
In this edition of NCSL’s podcast, Our American States, Art Rolnick, a leading national economist, and Senator Howard Stephenson of Utah, make the economic and moral case for investing in early learning. Access this and other recent NCSL podcasts on NCSL’s website.

National Reports and Resources

Child Welfare Financing 101: Infographic
With the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act in February 2018, the child welfare funding landscape could be in for a change. Child Trends created a summary infographic of its state fiscal year 2014 Child Welfare Financing Survey, showing the varying ways that states use federal funding as well as the increasing use of state and local dollars for child welfare. For state specific funding information, visit NCSL’s Child Welfare Financing 101 page.

Financing Early Care and Education
The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine recently released a report on how to finance high-quality early care and education. The report, Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education, looks at how changes in funding of accessible, affordable, and high-quality early care and education can impact children and families.

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

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