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By Alison May

DID YOU KNOW? Following a nationwide search, Tim Storey, a longtime leader within NCSL, was selected as the organization's next executive director. Storey will assume the role July 15, succeeding William Pound, who has been with NCSL for 42 years. Learn more through this press release.

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

NCSL Webinar

Building Systems That Work for Young Children: International Insights from Innovative Early Childhood Systems

Register now and join NCSL on Tuesday, June 18 at 2 p.m. EDT as we examine how six countries with different demographic makeups address the early care and educational needs of their youth. Hear from Sharon Lynn Kagan as she shares takeaways from the field and learn how your state can design and implement services for young children and families that aim to advance early care and education outcomes. Kagan is the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy and co-director of the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University, and professor adjunct at the Child Study Center, Yale University.

NCSL Resources

Early Learning Fellows | Class Eight

The newest cohort of NCSL Early Learning Fellows includes 24 legislators and two legislative staff representing 13 states. Each participant has been selected through a competitive application process and is considered experienced or emerging leaders on early childhood and early learning issues. Fellows will meet for two in-person meetings, in June and August, and attend two webinars in July and August. Learn more about the cohort and find meeting material on NCSL’s website and blog.

LegisBrief: More States Leaning Into Child Care
High-quality child care provides significant benefits for children, parents, employers, and state and national economies, yet it remains in critically low supply nationwide. With the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant in 2014, along with increased federal funding, states have been acting to make child care more accessible and affordable. Read the two-page LegisBrief.

Working With State Legislators: A Guide for Infant-Toddler Professionals

This new guide from NCSL is designed to help infant-toddler professionals (e.g., child care providers, home visitors, Early Head Start teachers, mental health clinicians and early interventionists) understand how state legislatures work and how state legislators gather information and develop policies related to early childhood. The guide also identifies how people outside state capitols—specifically, infant-toddler professionals—can communicate effectively with their elected leaders and provide constructive input throughout the legislative process.

LegisBrief: Partnering to End Youth Homelessness

Youth and young adults experiencing homelessness face many serious hardships, especially when the causes and consequences of their homelessness are left untreated. To properly address this issue, states have established coordinating bodies to study the issue and put a plan together to prevent or mitigate the effects of youth homelessness. Read the two-page LegisBrief to learn more.

National Reports and Resources

Perry Preschool: Intergenerational Effects Toolkit
Source: Heckman | May 2019
This new research builds on the evidence showing the importance of a child’s earliest years when the brain is rapidly developing, laying the foundation for future behavior, health and learning. This new paper, Intergenerational and Intragenerational Externalities of the Perry Preschool Project, demonstrates the impact of high-quality early childhood experiences, as participants and their children saw significant increases in education, health, full-time employment and reduced incidence of anti-social behavior or crime.

More Money for Families: 2017 Data Available
Child support is one of the most cost-effective programs, with $5.15 being collected for every dollar spent. Each year, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement releases a report to Congress detailing 50-state data on numerous child support measures. The fiscal year 2017 preliminary report to Congress, and the accompanying infographic show that states collected more than $32 billion on behalf of the 15.1 million children served by child support enforcement programs across the country.

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.