Early Care and Education 2017 Webinar Series

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NCSL’s Early Care and Education project covers a range of policy topics from child care, prekindergarten, infant and early childhood home visiting, to financing strategies and more. We are pleased to announce the first annual Early Care and Education Policy Webinar Series that will begin in April and run monthly through August. These free webinars are open to all legislators and staff. The webinars are designed to be informative, interactive and address specific early childhood policy issues of interest to legislators. Webinars are geared for new and experienced members. All webinars begin at 2 p.m. ET.

NCSL webinars allow attendees to participate in meetings taking place around the world from the comfort of their desk. They are collaborative, interactive and easy to use. Most webinars will be recorded for those who are unable to attend the live meeting.

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PC-based attendees required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

The NCSL website does not utilize Flash technology, but our webinar provider does require the latest Flash plug-in. So if you would like to view the live webinar and have not updated your plug-in recently, visit the following URL:http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer.

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Science of Early Childhood Brain Development  |  April 27

Did you know that more than 1 million new neural connections are formed every second in the first few years of a child’s life? The webinar will highlight the latest brain research and the science behind the critical development taking place. Learn about policy opportunities to help mitigate the effects of toxic stress and support healthy development, which can result in better outcomes for our youngest children and their families.

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  • Julie Poppe, NCSL


  • Sarah Watamura, Ph.D., University of Denver, Colorado


Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences | May 18

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being of children. These experiences range from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse to parental divorce, economic hardships, or the incarceration of a parent or guardian. Multiple ACEs can lead to potentially negative consequences of riskier behavior and poorer health outcomes. This session will help legislators understand the impact of ACEs and policy options and strategies that support families and children’s health and well-being. Hear from a state that is tackling ACEs across child welfare, health and other policies.

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  • Rochelle Finzel, NCSL


  • Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Wis.)
  • Representative Ann Pugh (D-Vt.)
  • Kate Blackman, NCSL

Integrating Early Childhood Data | June 22

Data from both the early childhood and K–12 sectors can help policymakers inform policy discussions and funding decisions; chart the progress of children, programs, and the state; strengthen and support the early childhood workforce; and pinpoint best practices and areas of need. Linking limited, but critical, early childhood and K–12 data can help states know whether policies and programs successfully transition children from early childhood to the classroom and get them ready for school. During the webinar hear from the Early Childhood Data Collaborative and Data Quality Campaign about how state legislators and policymakers can support the linkage and use of early childhood and K-12 data to inform policy and improve child outcomes.

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  • Alison May and Julie Poppe, NCSL


  • Carlise King, Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC)
  • Elizabeth Dabney, Data Quality Campaign (DQC)

State Preschool Programs: Annual Yearbook Update | July 20

Hear from Steve Barnett with the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) about the key findings from the annual State Preschool Yearbook. Collecting data since 2001, Barnett will highlight the data and national trends of the states focusing on quality and access, and the latest state spending numbers on preschool programs.  

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  • Alison May and Matt Weyer, NCSL


  • W. Steven Barnett, National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University (NIEER) 


  • Senator Brice Wiggins, Mississippi

Dual Language Learners |  Aug. 24

Dual language learners (DLLs) are preschool through third grade students who are still mastering their native language while also learning English. Hear from a DLL policy experts on policy strategies to effectively serve this group. 

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  • Matt Weyer, NCSL


  • Janie T. Carnock, New America
  • Danielle Winterhalter, former chief of staff for State Representative Joe Gallegos (D-Ore.)


  • Representative John Carney, Kentucky