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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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Thursday Webinar: Linking Early Childhood, K-12 Data to Improve Outcomes

Linking limited, but crucial, early childhood and K-12 data can help states know whether policies and programs successfully transition children from early childhood to the classroom and get them ready for school.

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NCSL Forum: Creating Opportunities for Families

Twenty-eight legislators and legislative staff representing seven states gathered in downtown Denver last week to consider a range of economic issues affecting families during NCSL’s 14th-annual Leadership Forum on Economic Opportunities for Families.

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What's New From Children and Families | June 2017

NCSL’s Children and Families program covers many human services issues, including child support and family law, child welfare, early care and education, welfare and poverty. Learn more about what's happening this month.

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Federal Money Helps  States Combat Opioid Epidemic

State policymakers are all too aware of the opioid crisis that has scourged the U.S. Approximately 52,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2015—and 63 percent of those deaths involved an opioid, both illicit opioids and misused prescription opioids.

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What’s New from Children and Families in May?

Many states reported using Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds for child care. Twenty-four states transferred or directly used TANF funds for child care ranging from $2 million in Texas up to $382 million in California.

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Early Care and Education Webinar Series: Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences

Spring has sprung and along with songbirds, misty mornings, salamanders and bunnies in the backyard, comes NCSL's webinar season.

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Early Care and Education Budget Actions FY 2017

For the past six years, NCSL’s Early Care and Education project staff have conducted a survey of state legislative fiscal offices on their fiscal year state appropriations for various early care and education programs.

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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.