Early Care and Education Bill Tracking Database 2008-2018


keyboard with search keyThe Early Care and Education database tracks and updates early care and education legislation from the 2008-2018 legislative sessions for 50 states and the territories. Issues include child care and child care financing, early childhood services, prekindergarten, professional development, home visiting, infants and toddlers, and financing early education. Legislation can be searched by state, topic, status, primary sponsor, bill number or keyword. This database, which is updated weekly, is made possible by the generous support of the Alliance for Early Success. A new webpage with current 2019 legislation is now available.  

Bills may appear twice in carry over states. In these states, please check the last date of action to ensure the status of the bill reflects the appropriate year.

For faster performance, please use the fields below to filter your results. If you select nothing, the default search will pick up all topics and states in the most recent session year available. The full text of bills is available by clicking on the bill number. This feature is available for bills from 2015 and later.

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Definitions of Terms used in this Database:

  • Child Care Subsidy & Quality – Includes legislation relating to child care regulation, standards, background checks, health and safety and penalties. 
  • Financing – Includes legislation relating to pay-for-success, tax credits, funding mechanisms and subsidies.
  • Governance – Includes legislation relating to advisory councils and boards, study committees and systems.
  • Home Visiting – Includes legislation about home visiting programs and services.
  • Prekindergarten & School Readiness – Includes legislation on early childhood education programs, school readiness, preschool and assessments.
  • Prenatal, Infant & Toddlers – Includes legislation relating to prenatal screening, maternal health, safety, intervention and child well-being. 
  • Teachers & Workforce – Includes legislation on teacher training requirements, certification, professional development and workforce matters.

Notes about this Database:

  • New feature as of 2015: The full text of bills is now available by clicking on the bill number. You must be registered for the NCSL website and logged in to view the text.
  • To ensure the bill status reflects the appropriate year, please check the “Date of Last Action” field.

Bill summaries are current as of date of legislative passage and may not include provisions not approved by governors. For questions, comments, additions or corrections, please contact Early Care and Education staff by emailing cyf-info@ncsl.org or calling 303-364-7700.