Early Care and Education


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Early Childhood Fellows | Class 10

NCSL launches the 10th cohort of our Early Childhood Fellows program late June in Seattle. Learn about the 22 legislators and two legislative staff from 18 states that make up the cohort and see what they will learn during the fellowship. 


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State Legislatures News | Born in a Pandemic 

In the second of a two-part series, NCSL experts explore state action to support food and economic security, access to child care, and general well-being for parents whose children were born during the coronavirus pandemic.



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.