March 8, 2011
State Legislators to Study Early Learning Research and Policy
DENVER – The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is pleased to announce that 35 state legislators and legislative staff from 20 states representing all regions of the country have been selected as NCSL Early Learning Fellows. The program will expose fellows to cutting edge research and state policy ideas.
“As states begin to come out of the recession, many are focused on how to adopt policies that show results for children,” said William Pound, executive director of NCSL. “The work of the legislators and staff at home will provide valuable experience and insight to this new bipartisan group of fellows.”
In addition to discussing new research and policy ideas, lawmakers will be able to learn and strategize about new federal initiatives including the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge and the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting grants.
The fellows include a strong mix of legislators and legislative staff with a range of experience in early learning. Some were elected in 2010, some have sponsored early learning legislation, some are committee chairs, and some hold leadership positions. The fellows participated in the kick-off meeting in Tampa, Florida as part of NCSL's Fall Forum. Throughout the year, the fellows will engage in four seminars learning about best practices and the latest science at no cost to their states. Expenses for the program will be paid through a grant from the Birth to Five Policy Alliance.
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.