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- Feb 12, 2016 | Wayne Taliaferro Aiding College Students through Effective Access to Emergency Aid and Food-Housing Insecurity Relief
- Feb 04, 2016 | Zoe Ziliak Michel Don’t be Fooled: Paid Sick Time Laws Don’t Cost Jobs
- Feb 04, 2016 | Randi Hall Evidence Mounts that Drug Testing for Public Assistance is Costly and Ineffective
- Feb 03, 2016 | Jodie Levin-Epstein Giving Retail Workers the Gift of Standards for Job Schedules
- Feb 01, 2016 | Suzanne Wikle SNAP Provides More than Food Benefits
- Feb 01, 2016 | Judy Mortrude GED Scoring Change Provides Opportunity for Career Pathway Alignment
Jan 29, 2016 | Elizabeth Lower-Basch and David Socolow
Serving Public Assistance Recipients and Other Disadvantaged Populations under WIOA
Elizabeth Lower-Basch and David Socolow presented at the Employment and Training Administration’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) National Convening. They discussed the requirement under WIOA to provide priority of service to public assistance recipients and other low-income workers, and best practices for doing so.
- Jan 29, 2016 | Zoe Ziliak Michel Access to Paid Sick Days is Key to Equal Pay
- Jan 29, 2016 | Lauren Walizer President Obama Outlines New Pell Proposals Aimed at Increasing College Completion
- Jan 20, 2016 | Lauren Walizer Pathways to an Affordable Education Act: Supporting Low-Income Students’ College Success and Completion
Jan 15, 2016 | ABC 7 (WJLA) / Associated Press
D.C. Council holds hearing on proposed paid family leave benefits, nation's most generous
On January 14, Washington, D.C. lawmakers held a hearing about the potential economic impact of a bill guaranteeing paid family leave. CLASP's Jodie Levin-Epstein commented on the importance of paid leave to hourly-wage workers in an ABC 7 interview.
- Jan 13, 2016 | Liz Ben-Ishai Obama’s State of the Union Address Sets Broader Context for Job Quality
- Jan 07, 2016 | Nune Phillips All Workers Should Benefit from the EITC
- Jan 05, 2016 | Anna Cielinski New Requirement: WIOA State Plans Must Describe How to Prioritize Services for High-Need Adults
- Jan 04, 2016 | Helly Lee New Orleans Advocates Push for State Waivers on SNAP Time Limit
- Dec 18, 2015 | Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success and CLASP Youth Team President Obama Signs into Law an Omnibus Spending bill with Increased Funding for Education and Training Programs that Serve Low-income Youth and Adults
- Feb 04, 2016 | Randi Hall Drug Testing and Public Assistance
Dec 18, 2015 | Clarence Okoh and Christina Walker
The Potential of ESSA to Support Low-income Young Children and Disconnected Youth
Last week, President Obama signed the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) or No Child Left Behind Act. The new law, renamed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), includes provisions that have the potential to advance educational equity for some of our most marginalized youth and young children, if state and local leaders and policymakers seize the opportunity.
- Dec 18, 2015 | Helly Lee and Elizabeth Lower-Basch Permanent Improvements to EITC and CTC, but More to be Done
- Dec 17, 2015 | Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success and CLASP Youth Team Congress Considers Bill with Increases in Funding for Education and Training Programs that Serve Low-income Youth and Adults
- Dec 16, 2015 | Olivia Golden California Should Eliminate the Maximum Family Grant; Evidence Shows Outdated Policy Causes Lasting Harm
- Dec 15, 2015 | Amy Ellen Duke Benfield Bolstering Non-Traditional Student Success: A Comprehensive Student Aid System Using Financial Aid, Public Benefits, and Refundable Tax Credits
- Dec 14, 2015 | Nune Phillips Food Insecurity is a Year-Round Problem
Dec 14, 2015 | CLASP and NPWF
New & Expanded Employer Paid Family Leave Policies
The National Partnership for Women & Families and the Center for Law and Social Policy are excited to release “New & Expanded Employer Paid Family Leave Policies,” which details new paid family leave policies announced in 2015 by high-profile companies.
- Dec 10, 2015 | Hannah Matthews ESEA Reauthorization Creates Revised Preschool Development Grant Program
Dec 03, 2015 | Olivia Golden
Anti-refugee proposals damage America
In this opinion piece published by The Hill, Olivia Golden discusses the many contributions refugees make to this country and urges Congress against using anti-refugee proposals to derail a clean omnibus budget that provides the support needed by poor and low-income children, families, and individuals.
Dec 02, 2015 | Helly Lee, Christina Walker, and Olivia Golden
Two Generational Strategies to Improve Immigrant Family and Child Outcomes
On April 23-24, 2015, through the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, CLASP hosted a roundtable on Two-Generational Strategies to Improve Immigrant Family and Child Outcomes in Washington, D.C. The roundtable brought together 39 leading experts from early education, workforce development, postsecondary education, and immigration policy and practice fields to discuss two-generational strategies to support immigrant families and children. The roundtable and the brief highlighting the discussions from this event come a critical time, when immigrants and their children are a growing and significant part of the changing demographics of the U.S. and as time-sensitive opportunities around workforce development, early education and child care and immigration are at the forefront of policy making.
Nov 30, 2015 | Helly Lee
Now is the Time: Congress Must Protect EITC and CTC For All Working Families
Critical improvements to the EITC and CTC are set to expire at the end of 2017. The time is now for Congress to make the improvements to the EITC and CTC permanent and to ensure that all working families are able to access these critical credits.
Nov 24, 2015 | CLASP
TANF Spending on Child Care Up Slightly in 2014
According to 2014 data on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, states spent slightly more TANF funds on child care assistance than they did the previous year.
Nov 19, 2015 | CLASP
Child Care Reauthorization One Year Later, Further Investments Needed
One year ago today, President Obama signed the first reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) in nearly 20 years. New requirements in CCDBG necessitate additional funds that Congress should appropriate.
Nov 10, 2015 | Suzanne Wikle
Pediatricians Speak Out About Food Insecurity
The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recently made a strong statement about the link between hunger and children’s health. The AAP called for pediatricians to take action by screening patients and their families for food insecurity and advocating for increased access to nutrition programs.
Nov 06, 2015 | Manuela Ekowo
In the Spotlight: CLASP’s Career Pathway Framework Highlighted in New Brief
A new brief highlights major national and regional career pathways initiatives. CLASP’s Alliance for Quality Career Pathways framework, designed for community colleges and their partners, is among the frameworks highlighted.
Nov 02, 2015 | Lauren Walizer
Department of Education Clarifies Financial Aid Provision that Helps Low-Income Students
On October 22, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) responded to concerns and recommendations from institutions and advocates, including CLASP, about implementing the Ability to Benefit (ATB) provision.
- Oct 28, 2015 | Olivia Golden Testimony on How America’s Economic Security Programs Support Our Most Vulnerable Children, Youth, and Adults and Promote Work
Oct 27, 2015 | CLASP
The Budget Deal and Low-Income People: A Welcome Down Payment on Needed Investments
On October 27, 2015, Congressional leadership and the White House announced the framework for a two-year budget deal. Here’s what we know now about the elements of the deal, its strengths and limits, the Congressional process for turning the deal into a spending bill over the next six weeks, and the unfinished business that will remain for low-income people.
- Oct 27, 2015 | Elizabeth Lower-Basch Young Adults and TANF: Rethinking Work Activities
- Oct 27, 2015 | Zoe Ziliak Michel Small Business Owners Support Federal Paid Family Medical Leave and Earned Sick Days
- Oct 21, 2015 | David Socolow A Slow-Motion Disaster in the Making
Oct 14, 2015 | Manuela Ekowo
CLASP Highlights Career Pathways in New Book on Workforce, Education Strategies
A new book from the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City and Rutgers University’s John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development examines the state of today’s labor market and strategies to improve workforce development and education.
Oct 09, 2015 | Manuela Ekowo and Lauren Walizer
NCES Releases New Data on Today’s Nontraditional Students
NCES released a report with descriptive statistics about nontraditional undergraduate students.
Oct 08, 2015 | Judy Mortrude
The Power of Alignment: An Examination of Shifting Gears 8 Years Later
A new report from the Joyce Foundation documents the collaborative power of education and workforce development systems to produce better outcomes for low-wage, low-skilled adults.
- Oct 07, 2015 | Suzanne Wikle More People Have Health Coverage in Every State Thanks to ACA; Yet Some of the Poorest are Being Left Behind
- Oct 06, 2015 | Elizabeth Lower-Basch and Stephanie Schmit Making a Difference for Poor Babies Using TANF: A Framework for States
Oct 06, 2015 | Anna Cielinski
Using Post-College Labor Market Outcomes: Policy Challenges and Choices
This paper presents five recommendations that policymakers should follow before they consider using earnings for high-stakes accountability purposes.
Oct 02, 2015 | Kisha Bird and David Socolow
Transitional Jobs: Expanding Opportunities for Low-Income Workers
The explicit inclusion of transitional jobs in WIOA will allow more local areas to add this model to their portfolio of services.
- Oct 02, 2015 | Elizabeth Lower-Basch and Stephanie Schmit TANF and the First Year of Life: Making a Difference at a Pivotal Moment
Oct 01, 2015 | David Socolow
WIOA and Job Quality
Through WIOA, states and local areas can leverage workforce training funds to improve the quality of front-line jobs. WIOA’s increased emphasis on work-based learning models, incumbent worker training, and on-the-job training grants—coupled with state and local options under the law to set standards for employer participation in such programs—create new partnership opportunities with high-road employers, enabling workers to earn while they learn as well as promoting improved job quality.
Oct 01, 2015 | Evelyn Ganzglass
Live Webcast of National Credentialing Summit
On October 5, CLASP, Lumina Foundation, and the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce will co-convene the National Credentialing Summit.
- Sep 30, 2015 | CLASP Continuing Resolution Passes Congress, Critical Funding Needs Remain Unresolved
- Sep 30, 2015 | Randi Hall and Nune Phillips Food Insecurity in the Spotlight