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National Conference of State Legislatures

The National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) is a bipartisan membership organization serving all state legislators and staffs in the 50 states, commonwealths, and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance, and opportunities for state policymakers to learn from one another and nationally recognized policy experts.

NCSL’s Children and Families Team educates and develops leaders among legislators and staff to promote the well-being of young children and their families through effective public policies. NCSL does not support or endorse any state policy issues.

State allies can call on NCSL to:

Respond to research requests related to state legislative activity.

NCSL can help state allies answer the question “What are other states doing?” and provide examples of legislation from other states.

Partner with a limited number of state allies to host policy briefings and symposia.

NCSL can help organize and host educational opportunities for legislative audiences (e.g., committees and caucuses) in your state.

Provide educational resources.

These can be related to early care and education, or other policy topics and legislative operations.

Additional Alliance-funded support includes:

    • Continuation of NCSL’s highly regarded Early Childhood Fellows program. The one-year fellowship for legislators and legislative staff covers a broad array of policy topics related to the well-being of young children and their families. NCSL tracks and supports the work of fellows through technical assistance and in-state symposia.
    • Tracking and monitoring legislative enactments and budget activity. Information collected by NCSL is used to produce an annual summary for legislators and legislative staff and to help populate the Alliance for Early Success 50-State Progress Report.