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To support legislators and their staff interested in deepening their knowledge on the inequities of early childhood, NCSL held a five-part series for alumni of its Early Childhood Fellows program. NCSL engaged more than 10 nationally renowned experts who presented on topics impacting young children and their families.

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NCSL Welcomes the Fourth Cohort of Opioid Policy Fellows  

After a competitive application process, 25 state legislators from across the country were selected to join NCSL’s Opioid Policy Fellows Program for its fourth year.

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NCSL Co-Hosts Child Care Stabilization Grants Federal Briefing with the Administration

Top officials from the Administration of Children and Families virtually briefed an audience of governors, state legislators, legislative staff and county officials about ACF’s recently released Child Care Stabilization Grants guidance.

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Supreme Court Upholds Free Exercise Clause and Rules Against City

The U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously in Fulton v. Philadelphia that the city of Philadelphia violated the First Amendment when it refused to contract with Catholic Social Service to certify foster care families because CSS refuses to work with same-sex couples.

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In a 7-2 opinion in California v. Texas, the Supreme Court held that neither the individual nor the state plaintiffs had standing to challenge as unconstitutional the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to obtain health insurance following Congress setting the penalty at $0 in 2017. 

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Legislative Resources Supporting Young Children and Their Families

This month the National Association for the Education of Young Children celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Week of the Young Child.

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Register Now: Intergovernmental Partnerships Supporting Prenatal-to-3 Well-Being

To promote intergovernmental action on prenatal-to-3 policies, NCSL is partnering with the National League of Cities (NLC) and the National Association of Counties Research Foundation (NACoRF) to host intergovernmental meetings focused on policy solutions to issues families are facing.

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RAPID-EC Project: Real-Time Data on COVID’s Effects on Families With Young Children

The Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Impact on Development – Early Childhood project, or RAPID-EC, offers a variety of stakeholders─policymakers, advocates and researchers to name a few─a first-person look at how COVID-19 has impacted the day-to-day lives of over 1,000 families with young children across the country.

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Medicaid Policy Trends in 2020: COVID, Coverage and Costs

Medicaid, which accounts for a significant portion of state expenditures and also the largest source of federal revenue for states, continues to be a high priority for state policymakers.

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Improving Children’s Access to Oral Health Services During a Pandemic

Children in Medicaid received more than 7 million fewer dental services between March and May of this year compared to the same period last year.

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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.