The NCSL Blog


By Alison May and Meghan McCann

DID YOU KNOW? States collected more than $32 billion on behalf of 15.1 million children served by child support enforcement programs during fiscal year 2017? Check out NCSL’s updated child support webpage for a state-by-state snapshot.

NCSL’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, housing and homelessness. For more about our program and contact information for issue specialists, see our Program Profile.

Boy jumpingResources from NCSL’s Children and Families Program

NCSL’s Children and Families Program provides up-to-date information and resources through its legislative tracking databases, quarterly newsletters, policy briefs and technical assistance.


NCSL’s Children and Families Program tracks legislation on child support and family law, early care and education, and child welfare in three databases. The Early Education and Child Care Bill Tracking Database and Child Support and Family Law Legislation Database are updated weekly with the latest introduced legislation. The Child Welfare Enacted Legislation Database is updated twice a year with the latest legislative enactments.

Policy 101s

We also provide brief overviews of the various topics we cover in our Policy 101 series:


For the latest NCSL publications, research and reports from other organizations, and news from across the country, sign up for one of our quarterly newsletters by contacting or You can also see our latest issues here:

We’re Here to Help: Request Technical Assistance from NCSL

NCSL provides technical assistance by request, based on funding, and in consultation with legislators and legislative staff. Each technical assistance package is customized to the specific needs of the requesting state. Common requests include the following:

  • Research to uncover policy innovations in other states
  • Consultation on policy options for your state
  • Reviews of draft legislation
  • Committee testimony
  • Presentations to stakeholder groups
  • Access to nationally recognized subject-matter experts
  • Connections with legislators and legislative staff in other states
  • Planning and facilitating in-state convenings

Call 303-364-7700 or email if you are interested in learning about how NCSL can help you and your state.

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

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

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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.