CLASP http://www.clasp.org/highlights/rss CLASP Highlights Feed Tue, 24 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 AMPS en hourly 1 Access to Paid Leave: An Overlooked Aspect of Economic & Social Inequality http://www.clasp.org/highlights/access-to-paid-leave-an-overlooked-aspect-of-economic-social-inequality Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/access-to-paid-leave-an-overlooked-aspect-of-economic-social-inequality Rising economic inequality is a growing concern for many Americans. The widening gap between those at the top and bottom of the income scale is pushing decision makers to consider policy solutions that can begin to address these inequities. Wages are often the focal point in debates about income inequality. 

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A New Lens: Early Childhood Data from the Office of Civil Rights http://www.clasp.org/highlights/a-new-lens-early-childhood-data-from-the-office-of-civil-rights Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/a-new-lens-early-childhood-data-from-the-office-of-civil-rights The Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently made an important contribution to the broader discussion of educational equity by releasing long-unavailable district- and state-level data highlighting racial and ethnic disparities in access to quality education and the treatment of students. A key section of the data set released focuses on public early childhood education (ECE), revealing a slice of data not often seen that describes the diversity of children and their varied experiences in public ECE classrooms.

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National Partners Call for a Conversation on Creating a Competency-Based Credentialing Ecosystem http://www.clasp.org/highlights/national-partners-call-for-a-conversation-on-creating-a-competency-based-credentialing-ecosystem Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/national-partners-call-for-a-conversation-on-creating-a-competency-based-credentialing-ecosystem CLASP joined policy leaders in other organizations in calling upon key stakeholders in our Nation’s postsecondary education and workforce credentialing system to come together to increase transparency, trust and portability in the credentialing marketplace.

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House Budget Proposal Fails Poor and Low-Income People http://www.clasp.org/highlights/house-budget-proposal-fails-poor-and-low-income-people Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/house-budget-proposal-fails-poor-and-low-income-people Ryan Budget Offers Bleak Future for Aspiring Low-Income College Students http://www.clasp.org/highlights/ryan-budget-offers-bleak-future-for-aspiring-low-income-college-students Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:34:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/ryan-budget-offers-bleak-future-for-aspiring-low-income-college-students This week the House Budget Committee, chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), released its vision for the FY15 federal budget.  For the fourth year in a row, the committee’s budget cuts off college access for millions of low-income students —undercutting the widely shared goal expressed in its title, Path to Prosperity. Moreover, it does so in a way that disproportionately impacts low-income, working adult students, many of whom are parents and must work while attending college.

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States Missing Opportunities to Count Education and Training Toward TANF Work Rates http://www.clasp.org/highlights/states-missing-opportunities-to-count-education-and-training-toward-tanf-work-rates Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:02:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/states-missing-opportunities-to-count-education-and-training-toward-tanf-work-rates Senate Prepares to Renew Jobless Benefits http://www.clasp.org/highlights/senate-prepares-to-renew-jobless-benefits Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:18:24 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/senate-prepares-to-renew-jobless-benefits This week, the Senate is expected to pass a five-month extension of federal unemployment benefits, which lapsed at the end of 2013 when Congress failed to renew the program. 

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Congress Extends Funding for Home Visiting http://www.clasp.org/highlights/congress-extends-funding-for-home-visiting Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/congress-extends-funding-for-home-visiting The Senate followed the House lead in passing the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act,” which provided a short-term patch to prevent a reduction in Medicare payments to physicians. Included were several provisions important for low-income families, such as continuation of “Express Lane Eligibility,” a provision that makes it easier for states to enroll children in public health insurance, and an extension of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program at current funding levels, an important win for vulnerable children and families across the country.

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Administration for Children and Families: Screening Helps Young Children Say, “Watch Me Thrive! http://www.clasp.org/highlights/administration-for-children-and-families-screening-helps-young-children-say-watch-me-thrive Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/administration-for-children-and-families-screening-helps-young-children-say-watch-me-thrive The federal Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launches "Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!", an initiative to provide pediatricians and community-based service providers with the tools and information they need to promote developmental and behavioral screening for all children.

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Scrambling for Stability: The Challenges of Job Schedule Volatility and Child Care http://www.clasp.org/highlights/scrambling-for-stability-the-challenges-of-job-schedule-volatility-and-child-care Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:30:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/scrambling-for-stability-the-challenges-of-job-schedule-volatility-and-child-care Improving Education Outcomes for African American Youth: Issues for Consideration and Discussion http://www.clasp.org/highlights/improving-education-outcomes-for-african-american-youth-issues-for-consideration-and-discussion Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/improving-education-outcomes-for-african-american-youth-issues-for-consideration-and-discussion For far too long, the academic achievement level of African American students has been unacceptably low, despite an abundance of research on the topic and examples of best practices in communities across the nation.  In response to this ongoing crisis, CLASP has developed a memorandum with key recommendations to help President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans develop policies that reduce inequality and ensure African American youth have pathways to postsecondary education and good careers. The memorandum addresses many critical issues and intervention strategies to ensure youth are connected to school and employment, including implicit bias, culturally responsive pedagogy, school discipline, concentrated poverty, and socio-emotional health.

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An Overview of SNAP E&T http://www.clasp.org/highlights/an-overview-of-snap-et Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:41:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/an-overview-of-snap-et Scaling “Stackable Credentials”: Implications for Implementation and Policy http://www.clasp.org/highlights/scaling-stackable-credentials-implications-for-implementation-and-policy Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/scaling-stackable-credentials-implications-for-implementation-and-policy This paper identifies five strategies several states, community colleges, and their partners are using to create “stackable credentials.” Students can accumulate stackable credentials over time to build up their qualifications and help them move along a career pathway or up a career ladder to different and potentially higher paying jobs. The paper discusses policy and institutional barriers these states and colleges have been working to overcome as they create credentials that have value in the labor market and postsecondary educational credit and credentialing systems.

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Education as a Civil Right – We Have a Long Way to Go http://www.clasp.org/highlights/education-as-a-civil-right-we-have-a-long-way-to-go Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/education-as-a-civil-right-we-have-a-long-way-to-go The Universal Credit: Not a Universal Solution http://www.clasp.org/highlights/the-universal-credit-not-a-universal-solution Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:36:16 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/the-universal-credit-not-a-universal-solution The Universal Credit is a major safety net overhaul implemented in the United Kingdom that merges a half dozen income assistance programs -- including cash benefits, tax credits, and housing subsidies -- into a single credit for low-income individuals and families. While the concept of simplifying multiple programs may seem appealing in theory, policymakers should take note of cautionary lessons from the United Kingdom’s experience. 

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Amid Rising College Costs, State Funding for Need-Based Aid is Too Low http://www.clasp.org/highlights/amid-rising-college-costs-state-funding-for-need-based-aid-is-too-low Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/amid-rising-college-costs-state-funding-for-need-based-aid-is-too-low A recent report shows that, despite recent modest increases, state funding for need-based aid is still too low to measurably improve college access and success for low-income students.

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A Moment of Opportunity: Address Maternal Depression and Fight Poverty Among Parents and Children http://www.clasp.org/highlights/a-moment-of-opportunity-address-maternal-depression-and-fight-poverty-among-parents-and-children Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/a-moment-of-opportunity-address-maternal-depression-and-fight-poverty-among-parents-and-children Head Start by the Numbers: 2012 State Profiles http://www.clasp.org/highlights/head-start-by-the-numbers-2012-state-profiles Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/head-start-by-the-numbers-2012-state-profiles Each year, CLASP releases Head Start State Profiles that provide state-by-state data on all Head Start programs in the state: Early Head Start, Head Start preschool, and Migrant/Seasonal Head Start. The profiles include information on Head Start participants, families, staff, and programs. All Head Start grantees are required to submit Program Information Report (PIR) data to the federal government on an annual basis.  

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The Agenda for Reducing Poverty and Increasing Opportunity http://www.clasp.org/highlights/the-agenda-for-reducing-poverty-and-increasing-opportunity Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/the-agenda-for-reducing-poverty-and-increasing-opportunity These days, Washington has a reputation for inaction.  As a result, many commentators dismissed the President’s 2015 budget proposal despite its powerful call for reducing poverty and increasing opportunity for low-income adults, children, youth, and families.  But these ideas are too good to lose, and CLASP has suggestions for how to turn them into action.

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Senate Passes First CCDBG Reauthorization in Eighteen Years http://www.clasp.org/highlights/senate-passes-first-ccdbg-reauthorization-in-eighteen-years Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/senate-passes-first-ccdbg-reauthorization-in-eighteen-years The U.S. Senate passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (S. 1086) by a vote of 96-2.  The bill makes crucial improvements to the program by allowing children to have more sustained access to child care assistance, which helps parents stay and move up in their jobs while also supporting children’s development by providing more continuity in their child care arrangement.

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Working for Business: Effects of Connecticut's Earned Sick Leave Law http://www.clasp.org/highlights/working-for-business-effects-of-connecticuts-earned-sick-leave-law Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/working-for-business-effects-of-connecticuts-earned-sick-leave-law Higher Education is a Top Priority in President Obama's FY 2015 Budget http://www.clasp.org/highlights/higher-education-is-a-top-priority-in-president-obamas-fy-2015-budget Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/higher-education-is-a-top-priority-in-president-obamas-fy-2015-budget President’s 2015 Budget Proposal and Boys and Young Men of Color http://www.clasp.org/highlights/presidents-2015-budget-proposal-and-boys-and-young-men-of-color Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/presidents-2015-budget-proposal-and-boys-and-young-men-of-color The President’s 2015 budget proposal is the latest demonstration of his commitment to communities of color through expanded and new investments in key areas such as education, youth employment, juvenile justice, mental health, violence reduction, and strengthening communities.

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Urgent Need to Extend MIECHV Funding: New Report Highlights Potential Impact http://www.clasp.org/highlights/urgent-need-to-extend-miechv-funding-new-report-highlights-potential-impact Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:32:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/urgent-need-to-extend-miechv-funding-new-report-highlights-potential-impact Home visiting has a strong evidence base, backed by rigorous research that supports models’ effectiveness at promoting children’s health and development and strong parenting skills while leading to fewer children in the social welfare, mental health, and juvenile corrections systems, with considerable cost savings for states. Without Congressional action, the Maternal and Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program will expire September 30, 2014. This would come at a very high cost with fewer families in at-risk communities receiving home visiting, a halt on efforts to build statewide infrastructure and promote better coordination across programs; and a lost opportunity to further build the national evidence base for effective home visiting programs. This report highlights the effectiveness of MIECHV and outlines the potential negative impacts if funding for the program is not extended.

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Unstable Work Schedules Hurt Economy, Communities, and Families http://www.clasp.org/highlights/unstable-work-schedules-hurt-economy-communities-and-families Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:20:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/unstable-work-schedules-hurt-economy-communities-and-families A new report by the Center for Law and Social Policy, Retail Action Project, and Women Employed reveals that unstable and unpredictable work schedules have severe implications for hourly-wage workers, as well as businesses and consumer spending.

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