Human Services


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Early Care and Education Update

Access highlights on the 2020 legislative session, updates about our recent Prenatal-to-Three Policy Symposium, upcoming 2020 Early Learning Fellows Program and more


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Older Youth in Foster Care

This page contains a 50-state database of state statute on policies that affect older youth in foster care.

NCSL Redistricting Seminar


Human Services


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Environmental Concerns in Child Care Settings

In 13 states, facilities are required to perform environmental tests for issues such as lead-based paint, lead in water, asbestos and radon. More than 40 states require fire, health or building code inspections. Register and learn more on March 20 at 2 p.m. EST.


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Supporting Foster Parents

This page contains information for state legislators about how they can become involved in helping find more foster parents for the more than 437,000 U.S. children and youth in foster care, a situation exacerbated by the opioid and substance abuse crisis.


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.