State Paid Leave Explainers

On January 10th, 2023, New America announced updated and improved state paid leave briefs as well as information on wages, benefit caps, and payroll contributions for the coming year. The announcement offered resources that discussed the federal FMLA and the State Paid Family and Medical Leave Programs as well as information on duration and utilization

Child Care and Early Learning Improvements: Report

The National Women’s Law Center released a new report on December 15th, 2022: State Child Care and Early Education Updates 2022: Progress on a Long Path. The report provides state-by-state summaries highlighting key actions taken by states in the past year to expand access to affordable, high-quality child care and early education opportunities and to

New Mexico Votes for Child Care

After more than a decade of efforts by activists, New Mexico became the first state to create a permanent fund for child care on Tuesday, November 8th, 2022. The ballot initiative was approved by more than 70% of voters and amends the state constitution, spending nearly $150 million a year on early learning. The fund

South Dakota Votes to Expand Medicaid

On Tuesday, November 8th, a ballot measure that passed was South Dakota’s vote to expand Medicaid to include more than 40,000 low-income adults. The Medicaid expansion measure known in South Dakota as “Constitutional Amendment D” had 56% support compared to 44% opposed, a significant margin in a conservative state. The outcome is a setback to

State Levers to Impact Family Economic Security

The Alliance for Early Success has released an inventory of state policies that impact family economic security. It is designed to spark ideas for state policymakers and will be updated periodically as additional policies are enacted. “According to some measures, child poverty fell nearly 60 percent between 1996 and 2019. Then came a pandemic that

New AFCARs Data Shows Decline in Foster Care Numbers

On November 1st, 2022, the Administration for Children and Families released the AFCARs data for 2021. Again this year, the report shows a significant decrease in foster care placements decreasing from the 2020 figure of 407,493 to 391,098 children in care in 2021, a 3.9 percent decrease from 2020 and a more than 10.5 percent

NYC Launches College Choice Program for Foster Youth

On October 4, 2022, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) Commissioner Jess Dannhauser announced “College Choice,” a program that will provide college students in foster care with greater support systems, including financial support. ACS will help pay remaining costs of college tuition— up to $15,000 each

Texas Judge Temporarily Blocks Investigations into Parents of Trans Children

District Judge Amy Clark Meachum ruled Friday, March 11, 2022 that providing gender-affirming care is not a reason for the state to investigate a family for child abuse, and halted all such investigations. The ruling came after a day of arguments about Governor Greg Abbott’s directive to the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS);

State-level Child Welfare Data Updated

Child Trends released its newly updated state by state data on Child Welfare in the United States. Now including 2020 data, this comprehensive resource offers state- and national-level data on child maltreatment, foster care, kinship care, and adoption through interactive features. Highlights from the national data indicates that the number of reports of maltreatment decreased

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