Early Care and Education


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Children’s Mental Health and Learning: Assessing COVID-19 Impacts and Looking Ahead

This July 26 webinar experts will provide an overview of how the pandemic may have affected children, highlight the role that communities and schools can play to support recovery and discuss state legislative trends.


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Buiding a Strong Early Learning Workforce

The quality of early education teachers has been shown to be a key driver in overall classroom quality and outcomes for prekindergarten children. Click to learn how this project will grow legislators' understanding of challenges in the early education workforce and policy options to support early learning teachers.

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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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Healthy Pregnancies and Prenatal Care

This new report provides an overview of factors influencing prenatal care access and utilization, different models of care, and state-level solutions and policy options.


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Louisiana Early Childhood Policy Symposium

Louisiana legislators and legislative staff attended an early childhood symposium on April 21, 2021 to discuss early brain architecture and the economic argument for investing in the early years.


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Early Care and Education Legislation

This database tracks and updates early care and education legislation from the 2008-2021 legislative sessions for the 50 states and the territories. Search by state, topic, status, primary sponsor, bill number or keyword.