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By Alison May

DID YOU KNOW? NCSL’s Children and Families program is growing to better meet the needs of legislators and legislative staff. Donna Wilson joined NCSL in June as a program director. She will oversee child welfare and early care and education projects. Wilson comes to NCSL with more than 26 years of human services experience (direct service, academic research and executive management) throughout the lifespan (birth to end of life).

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 security, housing and homelessness. Learn more about our program.

NCSL Webinar

Innovative Financing

Register now and join NCSL on July 11 at 2 p.m. EDT as we examine innovative financing mechanisms and take a closer look at shared services related early care and education. This webinar is part of NCSL’s 2019 Early Learning Fellows program.

NCSL Resources

Youth Homelessness Overview

Check out NCSL’s new overview of youth homelessness. On this webpage, you can access statistics, definitions and a summary of state and federal legislation. 

Child Support Digest

NCSL's quarterly child support newsletter features information on domestic violence and child support cooperation requirements, a recent child support podcast, the impact of nontraditional work on child support programs and state child support guideline commissions.

LegisBrief: Environmental Concerns at Child Care Facilities

In the U.S., 40% of young children spend their days in licensed child care facilities where they play, interact with others and learn life skills. While no federal requirements regulate them, the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) have drafted standards and guidance to help ensure the health and safety of children in child care facilities. Read the two-page LegisBrief.

Child Support Data

States collected approximately $32 billion on behalf of 14.7 million children served by child support enforcement programs during fiscal year 2018. See a comparison on collections, distribution and caseload info from all 50 states and territories.

National Reports and Resource

Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse

The Title IV- E Prevention Services Clearinghouse was established by the ACF within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct an objective and transparent review of research on programs and services intended to provide enhanced support to children and families and prevent foster care placements. The clearinghouse rates programs and services as well-supported, supported, promising or does not currently meet criteria.

2019 Kids Count Data Book

The 30th edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® Data Book explores 16 areas of child well-being tracked across four domains—health, education, family and community and economic well-being. Nationally, child well-being has improved in 11 of the 16 areas since the foundation published its first data book in 1990.

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.