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By Alison May

Did you know NCSL staff will travel to your state to provide committee testimony or to convene a stakeholder meeting?

Opening panel, from left, Representative Jessie Rodriguez (R), NCSL's Julie Poppe, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R), Representative Jill Billings (D) and Representative Joan Ballweg (R).At your request, NCSL will also create opportunities for you to meet with subject-matter experts and connect with your peers in other states.

These are a few of the types of technical assistance NCSL’s early care and education team can provide. It all begins with a request from you, and together we will design a technical assistance package that is right for you and your state.

NCSL’s Early Care and Education team recently traveled to Madison, Wis., to host an in-state symposium tailored to Wisconsin’s specific needs and desires.

Legislators, legislative staff and local stakeholders were invited to participate in a one-day meeting spearheaded by Representatives Joan Ballweg (R), Jill Billings (D) and Jessie Rodriguez (R), all three alumni of NCSL’s 2017 Early Learning Fellows program.

Other early learning fellows in attendance were Bethany Anderson, Abbey Fabick, Kimber Liedl and current cohort members Representatives Kathleen Bernier (R) and Nancy VanderMeer (R). Speaker Robin Vos (R) opened the meeting.

The meeting agenda included sessions on early brain development, a promising public-private partnership in Nebraska and facilitated discussions focused on concerns and opportunities specific to Wisconsin.

Seth Pollak from the University of Wisconsin at Madison kicked off the day by grounding participants in the science of early brain development. Mike Medwick from First Five Nebraska introduced participants to Sixpence, a framework for public-private investments in high-quality early care and learning.

Legislators also heard from staff from the School of Ecology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison about a recent prenatal-to-five summit.

University of Wisconsin school of ecology staffers and legislators, from left, Larissa G. Duncan, Representative Jesse Rodriguez (R), Representative Joan Ballweg (R), Janean Dilworth-Bart and Amy Lee Wagner. Want to discuss what NCSL can do for you? Just email us at

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

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