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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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Early Childhood Mental Health: Reasons for Concern and Ways to Help

In their first few years of life, young children develop essential social and emotional skills, such as regulating emotions, sharing with others and following instructions.

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COVID-19’s Snowballing Effect on Child Support, Custody, Visitation, Economic Security

As incomes of parents who are ordered to pay child support decrease, child support agencies will see sharp increases in requests for modifications of child support orders.  

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson to Participate in April 24 Webinar; NCSL Child Care/Welfare Resources

Experts from NCSL, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Council of State Housing Agencies and SchoolHouse Connection will participate in a webinar Friday to discuss provisions in the federal CARES Act and how states are responding to the crisis. HUD Secretary Ben Carson is expected to participate.

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How States Are Leveraging Their Medicaid Programs to Respond to COVID-19

Often when state policy makers discuss Medicaid, the focus is on restraining costs, reducing waste and improving outcomes. With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conversation is shifting to leveraging current Medicaid programs and infrastructure to meet increasing demand for health care services.

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A Federal and State Look at Health Insurance Coverage for COVID-19

With an increase in COVID-19 cases across the U.S., the federal government and states are working to ensure that access to health care does not hold people back from getting COVID-19 testing and services.

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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.