Early Care and Education


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State Action on COVID-19

Check out NCSL's new database that brings you up-to-date, real-time information about bills related to and responding to COVID-19 that have been introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.


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To deepen its support for policymakers with an interest in prenatal-to-3 policies, NCSL’s Children and Families Program is partnering with the new Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Read more.

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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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COVID-19: Human Services Resources

Access issue summaries, state responses, federal actions and topical resources under five broad human services policy areas. Within the Early Care and Education area explore child care, early interventions and home visiting as they relate to the pandemic. NCSL staff will update this information regularly, so check back often.


Promoting Healthy Infant-Toddler Development

Healthy Infant-Toddler Development

For many teens and young adults, unstable living conditions and financial insecurity can make raising infants and toddlers even more trying. Without positive supports, these struggles can lead to poor health, developmental and economic outcomes for young parents and their children.


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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.