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By Alison May

DID YOU KNOW: From 2011 to 2014, more than half of all U.S. adults (62 percent) from 23 states reported having at least one adverse childhood experience and 25 percent of adults reported three or more? Learn more about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in a new NCSL report. 

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.

Archived Webinars

Foster Families: A Cornerstone of the Foster Care System
With a growing number of children and youth entering the foster care system, many states are experiencing a shortage of foster care families. Last month NCSL hosted a webinar discussing strategies for recruiting and retaining foster families. The archived 60-minute webinar included Jennifer Rodriguez, executive director with Youth Law Center, and Senator AJ Griffin (R-Okla.).

NCSL Resources

Wisconsin Early Care and Education Symposium
In May, NCSL staff and members of the Wisconsin Assembly hosted a one-day Early Care and Education Symposium. Access handouts and PowerPoint presentations from the day, and read a blog post highlighting the .

Child Welfare Newsletter | Quarter Three
This edition of the child welfare newsletter features information about the Child Welfare Fellows program, Oregon’s new Family First Prevention Services Act Workgroup, the Children’s Bureau’s annual assessment of state foster care systems and more.

Early Care and Education Update
The summer edition of the early care and education e-update features recent NCSL products, highlights from our spring and summer convenings, information related to prekindergarten and resources from across the field.

Early Learning Fellows Legislative Corner
NCSL’s Early Learning Fellows Legislative Corner is a great way to stay connected with other Early Learning Fellows and to learn about policy-related activities throughout the states. In the September 2018 edition, read about the work of your colleagues in Alabama and Louisiana.

National Reports and Resources
The 2017 State of Preschool report from National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University finds that states are expanding access to prekindergarten but investing too little to meet recommended quality standards. The report ranks state pre-K programs based on access, quality standards and resources invested. The 2017 report, which is based on 2016-2017 data, includes a special section on policies affecting dual language learners and highlights trends since 2002, the first year the report was compiled.

2018 State of State Early Childhood Data Systems
This report and interactive website from the Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC) shares results from a 2018 early childhood data systems survey. The survey examined the status of all 50 states’ early childhood data systems and capacity to connect information across early childhood, K-12, health and social services. NCSL is a partner of ECDC and played a role in developing the survey tool and provided feedback about the state profiles and final report.

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