The NCSL Blog


By Meghan McCann and Alison May

DID YOU KNOW: Studies have found a $1.80 to $5.70 return on investment for every dollar spent on home visiting. Check out NCSL’s latest LegisBrief, Home Visiting: Improving Children’s and Families’ Well-Being , to learn more.

child eating watermelonNCSL’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.

Upcoming Webinars

Foster Families: A Cornerstone of the Foster Care System

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 | 3 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. CT/ 1 p.m. MT/ noon PT

With a growing number of children and youth entering the foster care system, many states are experiencing a shortage of foster care families. This NCSL webinar is an opportunity to learn about strategies for recruiting and retaining foster families that are full partners in the child welfare system. The webinar is free; however, registration is required. Register here

NCSL Resources

Two-Generation Strategies Toolkit

In the United States, 1 in 4 parents live in poverty, and 20 percent of children in the United States live in a household with income below the federal poverty level. A new approach to help families break the cycle of poverty is taking hold in states across the country. Called many things, from two-generation and intergenerational, to multi-generational or whole-family approaches, the idea of addressing the needs of children and parents is the same.

NCSL has launched a new Two-Generation Strategies Toolkit to help state legislators understand the underlying issue these approaches can address, what these programs look like on the ground and the important role of and opportunities for state legislators to engage in these efforts.

Early Care and Education Summer E-update

NCSL’s quarterly Early Care Education E-update is an information service for state legislators and legislative staff who are part of NCSL's Child Care and Early Education Legislative Network. Access the summer edition and read about recent related NCSL products, highlights from NCSL convenings, information related to high-quality prekindergarten and more.

SNAP Work Requirements Fact Sheet

As Congress debates reauthorization of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly referred to as the “farm bill,” some proposals are calling for stricter work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This fact sheet reviews what the federal SNAP program already requires, proposed changes and current SNAP work requirements by state.

Early Learning Fellows Convene in August

Through a competitive application process, NCSL invited 29 legislators and five legislative staff representing 23 states to participate in the seventh cohort of the Early Learning Fellows program. The program includes two face-to-face meetings and two webinars. A successful second, and final, meeting of this year-long program took place this August in Minneapolis. Meeting highlights included a welcome by a local sheriff, presentations on financing, child care, early STEM and more. Access information about the program and meeting, including archived webinars and meeting materials.

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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Alison May is a research analyst with NCSL’s Children and Families Program. She covers early care, learning and education issues.

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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.