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By Alison May

DID YOU KNOW? Forty-five percent of U.S. infants and toddlers live in households with incomes less than twice the federal poverty level. Learn more about this and other stats in the first-of-its-kind State of Babies Yearbook 2019. The reports from Zero To Three and Child Trends compare state and national data on the well-being of infants and toddlers.

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, family economic success, housing and homelessness. For more about our program visit us

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Family First Prevention Services Act Updates

State policy surrounding the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) is beginning to take shape. Twenty-two states have introduced 37 bills in response to the 2018 federal law. FFPSA, which was included as Title VII in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (HR 1892), has the potential to dramatically change child welfare systems across the country.

Early Care and Education Update

The spring edition of NCSL’s early care and education update features recent NCSL products, introduced and enacted legislation, commonly used abbreviations in the EL (early learning) world, an update about NCSL’s 2019 Early Learning Fellows program and resources from across the field.

Child Welfare Legislative Policy Network

NCSL’s Child Welfare newsletter features information about the Family First Prevention Services Act, recent legislative enactments, highlights from the 2018 Child Welfare Fellows program and news from across the states.   

Early Learning Fellows Legislative Corner

The April Legislative Corner highlights the work of NCSL’s Early Learning Fellows. In the April edition, learn about prekindergarten in Mississippi from Senator Brice Wiggins (R) and the role staffer Kelly Klundt played in supporting legislators in creating a new Early Childhood Education and Care Department in New Mexico.

National Reports and Resources

The State of Preschool is an assessment of state-funded preschool programs, published each year since 2002 by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). The 2018 edition reports more children are attending state-funded preschool programs across the U.S. but funding is failing to keep pace. Rankings are based on data from the 2017-2018 academic year.

Alison May is a policy associate 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.