The NCSL Blog


By Alison May

This e-update features a list of recent NCSL resources, including a podcast featuring economist Art Rolnick explaining how investing in early childhood can pay off in big ways, an archived webinar about opioids and early adversity and much more.

child with flowerThe newsletter also includes a summary of notable legislation introduced and enacted during the 2018 legislative session, 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 state legislatures are addressing affordability and access to child care? In 2017, at least four states passed bills addressing these issues. Learn more in the e-update. This topic is of growing interest to state policymakers. Is your state talking about access and affordability to child care?

To round out this e-update, we’ve also included highlights from NCSL’s Early Learning Fellows Program now entering its seventh year, our newly formed Prenatal-to-Three Legislative Advisory Group, and a brief profile of Jeni Palmer, the newest addition to NCSL’s Early Care and Education team.

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 at the end of August and will include a wrap up of NCSL’s Annual Legislative Summit.

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

We wish you a happy, healthy and enjoyable spring and summer.

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

Email Alison


Posted in: Human services
Actions: E-mail | Permalink |

Subscribe to the NCSL Blog

Click on the RSS feed at left to add the NCSL Blog to your favorite RSS reader. 

About the NCSL Blog

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.