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Coronavirus, A Federal and State Rundown

In the midst of flu season, the news over the past few weeks has been dominated by a new virus known as the coronavirus. The outbreak of the virus originated in the city of Wuhan in the Hubei province of China. 

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State, Federal Governments Getting Behind Earned Income Tax Credits

Although 25 million tax filers received $61 billion in credits in 2019, millions more don’t claim their credit. Nationally, 20% of filers eligible for the EITC don’t claim it, meaning millions of tax payers and their families are missing out on billions of dollars each year.

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Using Infant and Toddler Data to Support State Policymaking

Brain development in the first years of life provides the foundation for all future learning and development, and yet the randomness of where a child is born or lives often determines whether they have access to the services they need to thrive in their earliest years. So how are infants and toddlers doing in your state?

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NCSL Maternal and Child Health Database: A Nursery for State Innovation

After just one year in the world, NCSL’s Maternal and Child Health Database hit some important milestones.

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Significant Homeless Decision Stands at SCOTUS

In Martin v. City of Boise the 9th Circuit held that if a homeless person has no option of sleeping indoors a city cannot cite him or her for violating an ordinance disallowing sleeping outside in a public space. This significant holding is now final.  

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What's New From Children and Families | November 2019

In 2018, more than 286,000 U.S. families received voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services for a grand total of 3.2 million home visits. Learn more about home visiting at the National Home Visiting Resource Center and their just released Home Visiting Yearbook.

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Research indicates that the first years of a child’s life are profoundly significant in terms of brain development and growth, with more than 1 million new neural connections formed every second during that time. That’s a lot of brain activity!

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Hunger Partnership: New 'Bringing Legislators to the Table' Report Available

Back by popular demand, NCSL is releasing a third edition of “Bringing Legislators to the Table: Addressing Hunger through Public-Private Partnerships."

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What’s New from Children and Families: October 2019

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 NCSL.org.

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What’s New From Children and Families? September 2019

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.

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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.