Human Services


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State Actions on Paid Family Leave

Employee leave benefits generally fall into four categories: parental, family care, medical and sick leave. This brief explores paid family leave and the child development case.


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Child Care a Necessity for Rebuilding the Economy

Legislators on both sides of the aisle acknowledge that restoring the child care system and supporting their state’s economic recovery go hand in hand. But states will struggle to aid child care providers and families without federal assistance.

Results Driven Governing


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Removing Barriers to Breastfeeding

In the past several years, state legislatures have taken a variety of approaches to further reduce breastfeeding barriers. Since 2019, at least 23 states have enacted or adopted bills supporting women’s ability to breastfeed at work or in certain locations, receive breastfeeding support or access milk banks.


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Easing Transition Out of Foster Care

This new podcast is focused on foster care and specifically on the challenges faced by young people as they transition out of the foster care system.


Health and Human Services

One of eight NCSL standing committees that educates Congress and federal agencies about state concerns and serves as a forum for state legislators and legislative staff, this committee covers state federal health and humans services programs, legislation, regulations and policies.


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Human Services Legislation

The human services area has the following databases available: Child Support and Family Law Legislation Database, Child Welfare 2017 Legislative Enactments Database and Early Care and Education Legislation Database.