Early Learning Fellows 2019 Webinar Series


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NCSL’s Early Care and Education project covers a range of policy topics from child care, prekindergarten, infant and early childhood home visiting, to financing strategies and more. These free webinars are open to all legislators and staff, but are specifically designed for our 2019 NCSL Early Learning Fellows. The webinars are designed to be informative, interactive and address specific early childhood policy issues of interest to legislators. Webinars are geared for new and experienced members.

NCSL webinars allow attendees to participate in meetings taking place around the world from the comfort of their desk. They are collaborative, interactive and easy to use. Most webinars will be recorded for those who are unable to attend the live meeting.


Innovative Early Learning Financing Mechanisms

Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 2 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. CT/ 12 p.m. MT/ 11 a.m. PT | 60-minutes

Funding for early care and education programs often is pieced together from a variety of sources, including families; federal, state, county and city governments; and philanthropic organizations. Services are then delivered in diverse settings, including homes, centers and public and private schools, where quality standards can vary depending on funding source or government oversight. 

These factors make it challenging for policymakers to know how to allocate funds to achieve the best outcomes for children and their families. Louise Stoney, a nationally recognized expert on early care and education finance, will explore innovative financing strategies to ensure access to high-quality early learning services and support for providers who themselves must balance the cost of quality and the market price of care. The webinar will include state examples, and Louisiana Representative Stephanie Hilferty has been invited to discuss a financing strategy in her state. 


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Legislative Respondent 

  • Representative Stephanie Hilferty (R-La.)


  • Alison May and Julie Poppe, NCSL

How Policymakers Can Support Early Childhood Data Governance

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 | 2 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. CT/ 12 p.m. MT/ 11 a.m. PT | 75-minutes

Accurate data can help state policymakers improve program accountability, address service gaps, enhance program quality and effectively allocate limited resources. This webinar will explore ways policymakers can help prioritize cross-agency data governance structures that break down data silos and facilitate data-informed decision-making. Experts from Child Trends will highlight types of state early childhood governance structures and possible action steps to develop cross-agency data governance that supports shared collection and use of early childhood data. The webinar will also highlight North Carolina’s data governance structure. 


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  • Carlise King, executive director, Early Childhood Data Collaborative, Child Trends
  • Dale Epstein, deputy program area director, Early Childhood, Child Trends
  • Hayley Young, early childhood data analyst, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services


  • Alison May and Jennifer Palmer, NCSL