Human Services



Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: Where It Stands Today

While the federal government has been assisting families with TANF funds for decades, they continue to work with state governments to ensure the program's sustainability and adjust eligibility requirements to best serve their residents.


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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.


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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.


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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Human Services Legislation

The human services area has the following databases available: Child Support and Family Law Legislation Database, Child Welfare 2012-2019 Legislative Enactments Database, Early Care and Education Legislation Database and Housing and Homelessness Legislation Database.