NCSL Legislative Video Resource Center

The NCSL Video Resource Center is a collection of recorded webinars accessible for on-demand learning.

Human Services

SNAP Employment and Training: Food Security through Economic Mobility

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is well known for providing nutrition support for individuals and families with low incomes. The lesser-known SNAP Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T) helps eligible participants develop skills to achieve economic mobility. SNAP E&T provides employability assessments, training, transportation and child care, all of which help participants attain and sustain employment. Learn about opportunities state legislatures have to boost economic recovery and decrease food insecurity by investing in their SNAP E&T program using funding from the American Rescue Plan Act and other sources. Moderator: Rachel Gragg, Office of Employment and Training, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Speakers: Nick Moore, director of the Governor’s Office of Education and Workforce Transformation, Office of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and Sage Learn, director of government relations, Portland Community College.

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State Actions to Increase Access to Supportive Housing

To improve the health of individuals experiencing homelessness and reduce associated health care costs, many states are leveraging COVID-19 relief and other funds to provide permanent supportive housing. This type of low-barrier, affordable housing provides health care and support services, such as case management, child care and employment assistance. Featuring national and state perspectives, this webinar will explore the landscape of permanent supportive housing and highlight several state legislative actions.

This webinar is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $767,749 with 100% funded by HRSA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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Setting the Stage Understanding Early Childhood Policy

Children’s earliest experiences set the stage for life-long health, emotional well-being, learning and achievement. Learn why the early years are critical to healthy development and the major policies and programs legislators are likely to consider. Learn about disparities in access and outcomes for children of color, as well as the effectiveness and return on investment of policies and programs supporting young children and their families. Speakers are Patrick Lyons, Melissa Mincic, and Jennifer Palmer, NCSL; and Al Race, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University.

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Optimizing Child Welfare Financing through Legislative Action

Learn about key findings from Child Trends’ most recent Child Welfare Financing Survey and how recent federal legislation, including the American Rescue Plan Act, could shape the future of child welfare. Presenters break down the complex system of child welfare financing and provide insights into how states’ unique funding decisions determine what services are available to children and families.

Speakers include Kristina Rosinsky and Sarah Catherine Williams, Child Trends, and Kelly Crane, Prevent Child Abuse America.

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American Rescue Plan: Addressing Youth and Young Adult Homelessness and Economic Insecurity

Learn about the intersection of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, youth and young adult homelessness, and education. The ARPA offers opportunities to support the education and basic needs of youth and young adults and increase economic security through expanded tax credits and student loan forgiveness.

Speakers include Patricia Julianelle, SchoolHouse Connection, and Joseph Bishop, UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools.

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