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Importance of Being Socially and Behaviorally Ready for Kindergarten

Participants from 31 states joined NCSL’s webinar earlier this month to learn more about the financial impacts of young learners entering kindergarten ill prepared and not having the important social, emotional and behavioral skills necessary to succeed. 

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Three Branch Institute on Improving Child Safety, Preventing Fatalities

NCSL collaborated with the National Governor’s Association Center on Best Practice, Casey Family Programs, the National Center for State Courts and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Justices to host a Three Branch Institute on Improving Child Safety and Preventing Child Fatalities in Fort Lauderdale, Fla

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Human Services Chairs Gathered in Portland

Fifteen chairs from 14 states gathered in Portland, Ore., last week to learn about and discuss various human services issues during NCSL's Human Services Chairs meeting.

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Early Care and Education Summer Quarter 2016 Update

This edition of the e-update features some recent webinars hosted by the Early Care and Education project, provides an in-depth update of the fifth class of NCSL Early Learning Fellows and highlights some of the interesting 2016 enacted bills of note (so far).

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What's New From Children and Families?

NCSL’s Children and Families program covers many issues typically grouped under the human services umbrella, including child support and family law, child welfare, early care and education, home visiting, welfare and poverty.

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Lots of Action During Child Support Awareness Month

August was Child Support Awareness Month and as we pause to reflect on the 31 days of recognition, there is no shortage of action across the country related to child support.

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Tackling Poverty—Or at Least Trying To

In the months leading up to our annual Legislative Summit, those of us at NCSL are busy discussing the sessions we’re planning and why these issues matter to all of you that attend each year.

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Kids' Status: Some Good News, Some Not So Good News

Using more than 4 million data points, the Kids Count Data Book, released each year since 1990 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, provides an in-depth look at how well children in the 50  states and territories are faring in four major domains: economic well-being, education, health and family, and community

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Early Learning Fellows Convene in Chicago

Earlier this month the fifth cohort of Early Learning Fellows convened in Chicago for their second of two face-to-face meetings of the program.

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Pay for Success in Social Programs: What's it Really About?

We all know the drill by now—budgets are tight and lawmakers must thoughtfully consider where to appropriate state funds. So how do we make sure we’re investing in the “right” programs and services?

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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.