The NCSL Blog


By Alison May

DID YOU KNOW? NCSL hosts an annual legislative convening in the winter. The NCSL Capitol Forum is where legislators and staff come together to tackle critical state-federal issues, gain insight from national experts and craft the states’ agenda. Register and join us Dec. 10-13 in Phoenix.

NCSL’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. For more about our program visit us at


Child Support Digest

The recently published quarterly installment of NCSL’s Child Support Digest features current trends in child support policy and enforcement. Check out the summaries of 2019 enacted state legislation, news articles, information on upcoming events and other resources related to child support.

Early Learning Fellows | Class Eight

The 2019 cohort of NCSL Early Learning Fellows includes 24 legislators and two legislative staff representing 13 states. Each participant was selected through a competitive application process earlier this year. Fellows participated in two in-person meetings and two webinars and are now implementing their individual action plans in their states. Want to learn more about the fellows experience? Find it all on NCSL’s website.

Early Care and Education Update

The summer edition of NCSL’s early care and education update features recent NCSL products, enacted legislation of note, information about support for employees’ child care needs, an update about NCSL’s 2019 Early Learning Fellows program and resources from across the field.


How Policymakers Can Support Early Childhood Data Governance

A new brief from the Early Childhood Data Collaborative highlights how strong early childhood data governance supports data integration and privacy. Integrated early childhood data can help policymakers understand which early childhood investments help reduce disparities.

Registered Apprenticeships: A Viable Career Path for the Early Childhood Workforce

A new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center highlights registered apprenticeships, an innovative model to support and improve the quality of the child care workforce. Registered apprenticeships are intended to improve transitions from education into the workforce, provide employees with continuous on-the-job education and skill attainment, and support advancement in their field. 

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.