Early Care and Education Bill Tracking


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The Early Care and Education database tracks and updates early care and education legislation from 2019 through 2022 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 Oct.4, 2022), is made possible by the generous support of the Alliance for Early Success.

NCSL's 2021 Enacted Legislation on Early Care and Education report provides an overview of significant 2021 legislative enactments and trends.  

View the full 2022 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 cyf-info@ncsl.org or calling 303-364-7700.

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, penalties and subsidies.

Early Childhood Financing

Includes legislation relating to pay-for-success, tax credits, grant funding and funding mechanisms.

Early Childhood Governance

Includes legislation relating to advisory councils and boards, study committees and systems.

Equity in Early Childhood

Includes legislation related to promoting racial equity as of the 2021 legislative session. 

Home Visiting

Includes legislation about home visiting programs, services and parent education and involvement.

Prekindergarten and School Readiness

Includes legislation on early childhood education programs, school readiness, preschool and assessments.

Prenatal, Infants and Toddlers

Includes legislation relating to prenatal screening, maternal health, safety, intervention, child well-being and paid parental leave.

Access additional related legislation by visiting NCSL's Maternal and Child Health Database.

Teachers and Workforce

Includes legislation on teacher training requirements, certification, professional development and workforce matters.


Includes early childhood legislation not covered by other topics including, but not limited to /such as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), two-generation strategies, brain development and trauma-informed care.