Early Care and Education


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Early Childhood Symposium | Missouri

Early in the new year NCSL staff, members of the Missouri Legislature, Kids Win Missouri and other key stakeholders participated in an early learning symposium. The event included remarks by the governor and local and national experts presenting on different aspects of early childhood policy. Resources from the event are now available. 


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Child Care a Necessity for Rebuilding the Economy

Legislators on both sides of the aisle acknowledge that restoring the child care system and supporting their state’s economic recovery go hand in hand. But states will struggle to aid child care providers and families without federal assistance.

NCSL State Liaisons


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State Actions on Paid Family Leave

Employee leave benefits generally fall into four categories: parental, family care, medical and sick leave. This brief explores paid family leave and the child development case.


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Improving Early Learning: 2020 State Policy Actions

More than 300 early learning bills were introduced in 45 states in 2020, with over 100 enactments. They addressed topics ranging from funding and governance to expulsion and literacy.


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ECE State Budget Actions FY 2020

This report provides an overview of states’ budget and appropriations in early care and education. Appropriations for child care increased the most of the four survey categories (23.5%), followed by home visiting (7.8%) and prekindergarten initiatives (3.7%). Funding for other early care and education initiatives increased for some states but remained consistent from FY 2019 to FY 2020 overall for those 24 states.


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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.