Human Services


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Procedural Justice and Child Support Cases

State and federal policymakers are evaluating the cost, fairness and effectiveness of civil contempt as a tool to increase child support payments.


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Child Tax Credits and State Actions

Child tax credits are a hot topic at the state and federal levels. Check out NCSL’s new Child Tax Credit Overview and summary of enacted legislation to better understand this strategy for improving economic mobility among lower- and middle-income families.



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Coordinating Prenatal-to-Three Polices at State 

Many state and local governments are taking actions related to early childhood development. Learn more Dec. 7 about how state legislators and city and county officials can work together to improve outcomes for young children and their families through collaborative policymaking. 


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A New Approach to Child Support

Heather Noble, assistant director for the Arizona Division of Child Support Services, and Michael Hayes, an official with the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, discuss a new procedural justice approach to child support that seeks to use principles such as respect, understanding and neutrality to increase the sense of fairness that parents feel in what is often a difficult process. 


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Early Childhood Through a Race/Equity Lens

Read highlights from the inaugural Early Childhood Fellows Alumni series. Learn what two policymakers thought about the opportunity to explore early childhood development and well-being through a race and equity lens.


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State Legislation & Bill Tracking

Want to know what legislation your state or other states have introduced or enacted? NCSL maintains legislative-tracking databases in the following human services areas: child support and family law, child welfareearly care and education, and housing and homelessness. To research state legislation on other topics, visit NCSL’s directory of legislative databases


Health and Human Services

One of eight NCSL standing committees that educates Congress and federal agencies about state concerns and serves as a forum for state legislators and legislative staff, this committee covers state federal health and humans services programs, legislation, regulations and policies.


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