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Youth Homelessness Overview

Each year, an estimated 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness. Click to access a review of policies to address barriers faced by youth experiencing homelessness, statistics on homeless youth as well as what states are doing to combat youth homelessness.

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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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Pandemic Impact on Early Childhood

Since the beginning of April, the Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Impact on Development–Early Childhood (RAPID-EC) team has been collecting weekly surveys from over 1,000 households across the country with children ages birth to 5. The survey asks about everything from finances, health care, caregivers’ well-being and children’s emotional well-being and behaviors.

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Disproportionality and Race Equity in Child Welfare

Check out NCSL’s updated resource addressing overrepresentation of Black and Native American children in child welfare systems. Explore state and federal actions and consider recommendations for addressing this important issue.

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Child Support Tutorial

Child support is an important source of income for the millions of children living in single-parent households. Click to access a self-guided tutorial that covers the child support processes and services, including administration and enforcement policies and practices. 

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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

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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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Program Overview