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April 2010 

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What's New

Early Care and Education 2009 Legislative Action

In the 2009 legislative sessions, 15 states adopted new early care and education laws addressing a range of issues, including prekindergarten,  governance, child care, financing and quality improvement. This summary highlights legislative enactments on early care and education in 2009. View the full report.

For more information, please email Stephen Fagan or call 303-856-1374 for more information.

Coming Soon!
Early Care and Education State Budget Actions FY 2010

In October 2009, NCSL sent out its 3rd annual national survey of state legislative fiscal staff on early care and education state budget actions for FY 2010. NCSL gathered and reported on state funding appropriations information on child care, preschool, home visiting and other early childhood initiatives. Last year, most states showed an increase in funding for early care and education, even with the tough budget climate.

This year, the survey asked questions about state appropriated ARRA dollars for early care and education. The forthcoming report shows that given the current budget situation in states, the economic climate has had an impact on early care and education funding. Survey findings show a halt to state program expansions and that federal recovery dollars many states are being used to fill budget gaps. This report will be available soon. Check the NCSL website for updates

The Early Care State Budget Actions FY 2009 can be found here.

Please contact Julie Poppe at or 303-856-1497 for more information.

Child Care Data and Planning Tool

A new tool from CLASP provides questions and data to help develop a state child care plan. The tool allows users to download and save a copy of the document, then fill in their state's data. National figures are included where possible, which can provide context of how infants and toddlers are faring on key indicators. The complete tool plus individual sections are available for download from CLASP.

Inspiring Innovation

Learn how 4 states are using innovative financing structures that effectively utilize and coordinate state, federal and private funding streams for early childhood programs. This report from ZERO TO THREE and the Ounce of Prevention is available for order here.

Upcoming Events

NCSL Spring Forum 2010 
Washington D.C. — April 8-10

This year's Spring Forum, in Washington D.C., will feature Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and will be speaking on opportunities during a down economy.

Come learn more about: Balancing state budgets and creating revenue | Managing health costs and coverage | Lowering unemployment rates | Affording higher education | Analyzing sentencing and corrections costs | Maintaining transportation and infrastructure | Balancing and managing state government | Developing clean energy alternatives and much more!

To learn more and to register visit the Spring Forum website

NCSL Legislative Summit 2010
Louisville Kentucky — July 25-28

Bluegrass, bourbon, the Kentucky Derby.  They’re legendary.  One of a kind.  This summer it’s your turn to be in the winner’s circle at the meeting of champions

The grinding recession, the budget cuts and the stalemate in Congress have made this a tough year. Now it’s time to fight like a champ, take on the big issues and come to Kentucky for the most important meeting of the year. Bluegrass, bourbon, the Kentucky Derby. They’re only a few of the Kentucky legends that have made their mark on the nation, and now it’s your turn.  Come tackle the issues, find solutions and direct the future of the states. To learn more and to register, visit the Legislative Sumimit website

Around the States

Bill of the Month

Colorado House Bill 1035
Sponsored By Representatives Massey and Solano and Senator Steadman

This bill would change the redetermination period for child care subsidy recipients from once every six months to once every twelve months.  The bill also modifies reporting requirements, and provides for pre-eligibility determinations to be done by providers. Read More

To find additional bills from all 50 states, visit our Child Care and Early Education Legislation Database.  Search three years of legislation, sort by status, and choose from a number of topics.

Delaware and Tennessee Win First Race to The Top Grants
March 29, 2010 — U.S. Department of Education

The two states were awarded approximately $600 million, with nearly $3.4 billion of the fund left for the second round of the competition. Read More.

Secretary Duncan Releases Application for $650 Million to Support Innovation
March 8, 2010 — U.S. Department of Education

The Department of Education's final priorities and the grant application for the $650 million Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) were recently released. The fund, which is part of the historic $5 billion investment in school reform is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Read More

Did You Know?

Currently there are 17 states, DC, Puerto Rico and the US Congress in Regular Session, two states in Special Session, two states currently prefiling/filing legislation for upcoming sessions and that 5 states do not have regular sessions scheduled for 2010?  (Source: State Net)

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