National Conference of State Legislatures

The National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, commonwealths, and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance, and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on state issues.

Alliance-Funded Support for State Advocacy

NCSL’s Early Care and Education Project develops leadership among legislators and staff to foster sharing of innovative ideas that can be used to advance policy change in their states. 

NCSL is currently working to:

1. Host a year-long leadership development program for legislators and staff as a way to cultivate legislative champions and build legislator expertise in early childhood.

2. Convene educational sessions with chairs of health and human services, education, and appropriations committees.

3. Engage with legislative children’s caucuses.

4. Conduct in-state symposiums in two or three states. 

5. Track early care and education legislation. 

6. Produce state legislative and budget reports and policy briefs on emerging early care and education issues.