Early Care and Education


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COVID-19 Response to Child Care

NCSL expert, Jeni Palmer, follows a wide range of child care issues for NCSL. In this podcast she explains that the child care system was not functioning well before the pandemic and the emergency has made a bad situation worse. She reports on what states are doing to shore up the system during the crisis.


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Preschool Expulsions 

In the March/April edition of State Legislatures magazine NCSL explores and discusses concern about the long-term effects of suspensions and expulsions. Did you know that preschoolers are expelled at three times the rate of K-12 students? Read more.

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Early Care and Education


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Prenatal-to-Three Legislative Action

This report summarizes significant 2019 legislative enactments in the following categories: Breastfeeding; Home visiting and parent education; Maternal mental health; Infant and maternal mortality; Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; Newborn Screenings.


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Early Care and Education Update

Access highlights on NCSL's COVID-19 resources, updates about our alumni program for Early Learning Fellows, recent ECE information products and more.


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Governing Early Childhood Education

As the demand for high-quality child care and early education grows, policymakers are rethinking the way these programs are structured. By consolidating, creating or coordinating oversight bodies, they seek to improve the quality and efficacy of services, address infrastructure needs and improve program reach.


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Early Care and Education Legislation

This database tracks and updates early care and education legislation from the 2008-2020 legislative sessions for the 50 states and the territories. Search by state, topic, status, primary sponsor, bill number or keyword.