The Early Care and Education database tracks and updates early care and education legislation from the 2019, 2020 and 2021 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 (next update scheduled for July 27, 2021), is made possible by the generous support of the Alliance for Early Success.
NCSL's 2020 Enacted Legislation on Early Care and Education report provides an overview of significant 2020 legislative enactments in the major early care and education topic areas.
View the full 2021 legislative calendar for all states and the territories, including states that have year-round sessions and states in special sessions.
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.
Notes about this Database:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 303-364-7700.