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What’s New From Children and Families?

Did you know the child support program collected over $32 billion in child support during FY 2015?.

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A Year in Review: 2016 Early Care and Education Enactments

NCSL compiles and publishes an annual Early Care and Education Legislative Action report that summarizes legislative enactments.

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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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Early Care and Education Winter Quarter 2017 Update

This edition of the e-update features recently produced and updated webpages and webinars from the ECE project staff, a look at 2017 legislation that has been introduced, information about NCSL technical assistance opportunities and a preview of the 2017 Early Learning Fellows Program, among other information.

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New Federal Rule Aims to Bolster Child Support Program

A new federal rule intends to increase the effectiveness of the child support program for all families and provide for more flexibility in state child support programs.

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What Contributes to School Readiness?

States are considering updating school readiness definitions to include brain research and the importance of noncognitive skills.

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Home Visits: Making a Difference for Children in Low-Income Families

The educational gap between low-income children and their middle-income peers starts as early as nine months. The gap continues through a child’s life and into adulthood, creating long-lasting effects.

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Brush Up on the Facts: CHIP Dental Coverage

Coverage and access to care are dual engines that drive improved children’s oral health status. If one engine does not fire, improvements may be erratic and slow.

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What Lawmakers Did to Help Prevent Injuries in 2016

As state legislatures across the country are gearing up for the beginning of session, NCSL staff are looking back at 2016 state action on injury prevention, an important public health issue including child abuse and neglect, older adult falls, teen dating violence and traumatic brain injury.  

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2016 Child Support and Family Law Enactments

Child support and family law were again big topics for state legislatures during the 2016 legislative session.

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About the NCSL Blog

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.