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Early Care and Education

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Early Childhood: What’s Governance Got to Do with It?

Lawmakers across the country are considering legislative action related to the oversight and structure of early childhood programs. Explore how some states have created a more coordinated approach of programs and services for young children and their families.

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Prenatal-to-3 Archived Webinar

Panelists at a recent NCSL webinar discussed how they overcame challenges related to two prenatal-to-3 issues impacting Ohio: child care and infant mortality.

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HUMAN SERVICES

Early Care and Education

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Early Childhood Policy Overview

State legislatures play a significant role in setting priorities and expectations for state agencies, allocating funding and overseeing state-administered early care and education programs and services. This page summarizes many of the most pressing early care and education policy topics.

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Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

States are looking for ways to support families and combat disparities in maternal health outcomes. Medicaid offers one potential point of intervention by extending postpartum coverage through the end of a 12-month period following delivery.

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Early Childhood Legislation: What Happened in 2021?

Last year, over 200 bills were enacted related to child care, prekindergarten, paid family leave and other early childhood topics. In this summary, examine early care and education legislative trends.

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Early Care and Education Legislation

This database tracks and updates early care and education legislation from the 2008-2022 legislative sessions for the 50 states and the territories. Search by state, topic, status, primary sponsor, bill number or keyword.

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