CLASP's Federal Policy Agenda
CLASP promotes federal policies to improve the lives of low-income people.
We analyze existing policies and practices including how they are carried out at the state and local levels and promote policy options and changes in federal legislation, regulations or department/agency guidance. We also develop and promote new and innovative policies to address significant gaps in existing policies. We advocate before and provide technical assistance to all levels of the federal government. In addition, we work in coalitions and coordinate our efforts with others seeking similar changes.
Our current agenda for 2013 is directed to:
- Increasing attention by policymakers and others to poverty and opportunity, and understanding of the role that government programs can play in reducing hardship, promoting work, and promoting long-term well-being, opportunity and economic growth.
- Protecting key low-income programs from reductions in funding or eligibility cuts, including preventing adoption of deficit reduction mechanisms or changes to funding structures (e.g. block grants) that would likely lead to such cuts.
- Ensuring that low-income families have access to affordable, high-quality child care and early education programs for their young children through increased investments.
- Advancing reforms of the child welfare system and its coordination with other systems to ensure safety, stability, permanency and well-being for all children.
- Increasing and better targeting resources to expand opportunities for disconnected youth
- Increasing the focus on interventions in policy and practice that can reduce the disparities in education and labor market outcomes for youth of color.
- Strengthening adult education and workforce programs, and aligning policies to create on-ramps to postsecondary credentials and good jobs for low-income and disadvantaged individuals, including those receiving cash assistance.
- Ensuring that low-income adults and out-of-school youth receive student financial aid and other needed supports to ensure access to and completion of postsecondary education.
- Improving cross-program coordination and removing barriers to participation in income and work support programs.
- Increasing federal attention to the growth of low-wage, part-time and contingent employment, and support for paid sick days and other job quality legislation.