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NCSL Welcomes Third Cohort of Maternal and Child Health Fellows

The Maternal and Child Health Fellows Program enters its third year with 26 state legislators from 18 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The program enables legislators and staff who are experienced and emerging leaders on maternal and child health-related issues.

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Second Annual Roadmap Evaluates State Prenatal-to-3 Solutions

Scientific research has taught us that babies develop a million new neural connections every second during their first years, more than at any other time in life.

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Supreme Court To Decide Whether and How Texas and State Officials May Be Sued Over Abortion Law

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument on Nov. 1 in two cases challenging Texas’s abortion law. S.B. 8, enacted earlier this year, prohibits abortions in Texas after approximately six weeks. It allows private citizens to sue a person who provides an abortion in violation of S.B. 8 or “aids or abets” an abortion.

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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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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.