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Combating Rising Suicide Rates Using Scientific Research

An American adult dies every 12 minutes by suicide. Rising rates have lifted suicide to the 10th leading cause of death in 2015

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Thursday Webinar: Dual Language Learners

The final webinar in NCSL's Early Care and Education series will focus on policy options and strategies to effectively serve preschool through third grade students who are still mastering their native language while also learning English.

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A Sobering Look at the Opoid Abuse Crisis

The scale and urgency of the opioid crisis is clear in the numbers.

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Opioid Crisis Tops HHS Priorities

Confronting the opioid crisis and helping states tackle the myriad problems associated with the epidemic is the top clinical priority for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to Jane Norton, director of the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs for the department. 

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What's New from Children and Families - Summit Edition

Plan to join us beginning Sunday in Boston for the annual Legislative Summit. Register and learn more about the specific Human Services sessions, including a look at state strategies to address Adverse Childhood Experiences and ways to support foster parents. We hope to see you there!

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Batter Up at the NCSL Early Learning Fellows Leadoff Meeting

The College World Series wasn't the only exciting game in town in Omaha last month.

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Thursday webinar: State Preschool Programs

Steve Barnett with the National Institute for Early Education Research will highlight the key findings from the annual State Preschool Yearbook during NCSL's webinar, State Preschool Programs: Annual National Institute for Early Education Research Update, Thursday at 2 p.m. ET.

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Putting Kids First in Massachusetts

Her love of American history led Christie Getto Young to Boston for graduate school. After earning her master’s degree in social work, she joined the legislature’s Joint Committee on Human Services, where the research analyst discovered an affinity for policy work.

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What's New From Children and Families | July 2017

DID YOU KNOW: According to recent data, 8.6 million children were estimated to be eligible for child care subsidies through the federal Child Care and Development Fund program, but about 1.5 million children received them. NCSL provides information and resources on child care subsidy and quality policy options.

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Denver Meeting Focused on Policy Related to Our Youngest Citizens

Legislators and legislative staff from 13 states, along with researchers and policy experts converged in Denver last month to participate in the first-of-its-kind Infant and Toddler Symposium convened by NCSL.

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