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Making Room for Dads in Public Policy

Engaged fathers play an important role in the healthy development of a child from birth to adulthood, and this is certainly true during the time-sensitive first three years of a child’s life.

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Child Care Bills Pass the House With Bipartisan Support

In a rare showing of bipartisanship, the House passed two bills on July 29—the Child Care Is Essential Act (HR 7027) and the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act (HR 7327).

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COVID-19 Contributes to More Than Weird Dreams

If there’s one thing most everyone can agree on, it’s that life during a pandemic is stressful. Changes in schedules, economic uncertainty, work and school changes, and a little too much family or alone time can all add up and make us feel anxious, worried or depressed.

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What Is Being Done for Older Americans With Disabilities?

The 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) highlights the strides that have been made for individuals with disabilities, but also highlights existing challenges that older Americans with disabilities still face.

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COVID-19 Confusion: Update on Coverage for Testing, Treatment

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, having access to affordable testing and treatment has remained a top concern for many Americans. Mixed interpretations of evolving federal guidance have contributed to confusion around coverage for testing and treatment among hospitals, payers and the public.

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Webinar June 24: Using the Federal Child Nutrition Programs to Respond to COVID-19

With the coronavirus pandemic upending many aspects of normal life, leaving parents and caregivers unemployed and schools shuttered, federal child nutrition programs are adapting to meet the needs of America’s families.

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NCSL Launches Alumni Program for Early Learning Fellows, Releases More COVID-19 Resources

In response to members’ feedback gathered through an independent evaluation of its Early Learning Fellows program, NCSL is developing a new series of advanced learning opportunities available exclusively to alumni of the program. We expect to launch the annual series this July, and alumni can look forward to receiving enrollment information in June.

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Child Care Workforce: Infants, Toddlers and Providers Entrusted With Their Care

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the child care situation, with growing concerns about the availability of child care as the economy reopens. Some states are taking action to address the impacts of COVID-19 on child care. 

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SNAP Food Assistance Flexibilities Grow During COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic and the resulting shuttering of the economy has caused more than 22 million workers across the country to seek unemployment benefits. That loss of income forced many Americans to question how they will put food on the table for their families. Many have turned to our nation's largest federal food aid program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for help.

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Prenatal-to-Three Goes Mainstream, Legislators Go to Work

Long before Babies, a new docuseries from Netflix, brought early brain development and the miraculous minds of infants to television screens around the world, state legislators have been considering ways to ensure their youngest constituents begin life with the best opportunities to grow, learn and thrive.

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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.