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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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What’s New from Children and Families?

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.

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Far-Reaching Juvenile Justice Reform Enacted in Utah

A sweeping juvenile justice reform bill passed the Utah legislature this month and was enacted into law with broad support.

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 Have You Heard About NCSL's Early Learning Fellows Program?

The Early Learning Fellows program has been supporting legislators and legislative staff members since 2011 who are experienced or emerging leaders on early learning issues.

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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.