CLASP http://www.clasp.org/highlights/rss CLASP Highlights Feed Tue, 24 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 AMPS en hourly 1 Student Voices: Financial Supports Key to College Persistence, Completion http://www.clasp.org/highlights/student-voices-financial-supports-key-to-college-persistence-completion Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/student-voices-financial-supports-key-to-college-persistence-completion This is the first installment of our Student Voices series, which will feature a new student story every week in September. These powerful testimonials from actual students speak to the need for a comprehensive reform of the Higher Education Act.

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Economy Slowly Recovers but Millions Still Hungry http://www.clasp.org/highlights/economy-slowly-recovers-but-millions-still-hungry Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:16:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/economy-slowly-recovers-but-millions-still-hungry California Takes Important Steps on Benefit Access http://www.clasp.org/highlights/california-takes-important-steps-on-benefit-access Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:08:13 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/california-takes-important-steps-on-benefit-access SNAP Employment and Training Pilots an Opportunity for Innovative Strategies http://www.clasp.org/highlights/snap-employment-and-training-pilots-an-opportunity-for-innovative-strategies Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:09:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/snap-employment-and-training-pilots-an-opportunity-for-innovative-strategies SNAP E&T Pilots - September 2014 Update http://www.clasp.org/highlights/snap-et-pilots-sept-2014 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:50:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/snap-et-pilots-sept-2014 Celebrate Local, State Victories on Labor Day: New Laws Promote Job Quality http://www.clasp.org/highlights/celebrate-local-state-victories-on-labor-day-new-laws-promote-job-quality Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/celebrate-local-state-victories-on-labor-day-new-laws-promote-job-quality New Fact Sheets on 2012 CCDBG Participation at All Ages http://www.clasp.org/highlights/new-fact-sheets-on-2012-ccdbg-participation-at-all-ages Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/new-fact-sheets-on-2012-ccdbg-participation-at-all-ages Three new fact sheets from CLASP provide information on child care services funded by the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) in 2012.

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KIDS COUNT Report Underscores Need for Holistic Approach to Supporting Child Well-Being http://www.clasp.org/highlights/kids-count-report-underscores-need-for-holistic-approach-to-supporting-child-well-being Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/kids-count-report-underscores-need-for-holistic-approach-to-supporting-child-well-being TANF Came Up Short in Reponse to the Recession http://www.clasp.org/highlights/tanf-came-up-short-in-reponse-to-the-recession Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/tanf-came-up-short-in-reponse-to-the-recession Job Schedule Instability in the Lives of Poor Children and their Families http://www.clasp.org/highlights/job-schedule-instability-in-the-lives-of-poor-children-and-their-families-see-more-at-httpwww-clasp-orgissueschild-care-and-early-educationin-focusjob-schedule-instability-in-the-lives-of-poor-children-and-their-familiessthash-1xknqsda-dpuf Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/job-schedule-instability-in-the-lives-of-poor-children-and-their-families-see-more-at-httpwww-clasp-orgissueschild-care-and-early-educationin-focusjob-schedule-instability-in-the-lives-of-poor-children-and-their-familiessthash-1xknqsda-dpuf In November 2013, the Urban Institute, with support from the Foundation for Child Development, convened practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to explore the impacts of instability on children, as well as implications for policy and practice.

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HPOG’s Year Three Annual Report Highlights Success Preparing Low-Income Individuals for Health Professions http://www.clasp.org/highlights/hpogs-year-three-annual-report-highlights-success-preparing-low-income-individuals-for-health-professions Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/hpogs-year-three-annual-report-highlights-success-preparing-low-income-individuals-for-health-professions HPOG’s recently released Year Three Annual Report highlights the success to date of HPOG career pathway programs in educating and training low-income, lower-skilled adults for health professions.

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Starbucks’ Scheduling Changes are a Start, But We Need Public Policies http://www.clasp.org/highlights/starbucks-scheduling-changes-are-a-start-but-we-need-public-policies Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:38:46 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/starbucks-scheduling-changes-are-a-start-but-we-need-public-policies Head Start Children, Families, Staff, and Programs in 2013 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/head-start-children-families-staff-and-programs-in-2013 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/head-start-children-families-staff-and-programs-in-2013 The program information data for Head Start programs demonstrate how important Head Start services are in the lives of poor children and families.

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New Legislation Introduced to Support Full-Service Community Schools http://www.clasp.org/highlights/new-legislation-introduced-to-support-full-service-community-schools Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/new-legislation-introduced-to-support-full-service-community-schools New Director Tapped for Higher Education & Workforce Development Policy Center http://www.clasp.org/highlights/new-director-tapped-for-higher-education-workforce-development-policy-center Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:21:03 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/new-director-tapped-for-higher-education-workforce-development-policy-center The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is pleased to announce the appointment of David Socolow as director of the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success.  With almost two decades’ experience  promoting workers’ economic security in federal and state government, on Capitol Hill, and in both union and corporate roles, David is uniquely qualified to lead CLASP’s work to help low-income people succeed through higher education and workforce development.

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Building Home Visiting Systems http://www.clasp.org/highlights/building-home-visiting-systems Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/building-home-visiting-systems A recent evaluation of the Evidence-Based Home Visiting (EBHV) Program examines whether systems change occurred, whether models were implemented with fidelity, and implementation strategies and challenges.

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Less TANF Spending on Cash, Work Activities, Child Care http://www.clasp.org/highlights/less-tanf-spending-on-cash-work-activities-child-care Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:42:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/less-tanf-spending-on-cash-work-activities-child-care Local, National Initiatives Aim to Improve Working Conditions for Low-Wage Workers http://www.clasp.org/highlights/local-national-initiatives-aim-to-improve-working-conditions-for-low-wage-workers Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/local-national-initiatives-aim-to-improve-working-conditions-for-low-wage-workers Federal Competency-Based Education Experiments Can Help Low-income Students Obtain Valuable Postsecondary Credentials http://www.clasp.org/highlights/federal-experiments-offer-new-opportunities-to-increase-postsecondary-credential-attainment-and-improve-affordability-of-postsecondary-education-for-low-income-working-and-under-prepared-students Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/federal-experiments-offer-new-opportunities-to-increase-postsecondary-credential-attainment-and-improve-affordability-of-postsecondary-education-for-low-income-working-and-under-prepared-students On July 31, the US Department of Education issued an invitation to postsecondary institutions to participate in experiments designed to test three competency-based approaches to improve student outcomes under the federal financial aid.

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Paid Leave: A No-Brainer for Businesses and a Lifesaver for Workers http://www.clasp.org/highlights/paid-leave-a-no-brainer-for-businesses-and-a-lifesaver-for-workers Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/paid-leave-a-no-brainer-for-businesses-and-a-lifesaver-for-workers Could it be that workers whose employers offer leave benefits actually end up getting sick less often because they are happier? Senator Al Franken (D-MN), tongue firmly in cheek, proposed this “radical” idea at a hearing on paid leave held by the Senate Health Economic Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s Subcommittee on Children and Families. Franken’s comments echo all the evidence: paid leave is a no-brainer that benefits both workers and employers. Unfortunately, far too many workers still lack paid leave, including paid sick days and paid family and medical leave. - See more at: http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality#sthash.oSgEW2pA.dpuf

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Subcommittee Hearing on Subsidized Job Programs http://www.clasp.org/highlights/subcommittee-hearing-on-subsidized-job-programs Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:55:48 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/subcommittee-hearing-on-subsidized-job-programs Minnesota’s Pay-for-Performance SNAP Employment and Training Pilot Program http://www.clasp.org/highlights/minnesotas-pay-for-performance-snap-employment-and-training-pilot-program Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:31:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/minnesotas-pay-for-performance-snap-employment-and-training-pilot-program TANF Child Care Expenditures in 2013: The Decline Continues http://www.clasp.org/highlights/tanf-child-care-expenditures-in-2013-the-decline-continues Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/tanf-child-care-expenditures-in-2013-the-decline-continues House Package of Higher Education Bills Tackles Critical Issues; More Work Needed to Improve Access and Success for Low-Income Students http://www.clasp.org/highlights/house-package-of-higher-education-bills-tackles-critical-issues-more-work-needed-to-improve-access-and-success-for-low-income-students Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/house-package-of-higher-education-bills-tackles-critical-issues-more-work-needed-to-improve-access-and-success-for-low-income-students Last week, the House passed four bipartisan higher education bills critical to low-income, non-traditional students. Unlike the Senate, the House Education and Workforce Committee is taking a piecemeal approach to reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, and these bills are part of that plan. The bills address a number of CLASP’s higher education objectives—such as increasing data transparency for students, better targeting of education tax credits to low-income students, and providing greater means for students pursuing competency-based education—but do have shortcomings, particularly for the growing proportion of non-traditional undergraduate students.

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Child Care Assistance: An Essential Work Support Program for Families http://www.clasp.org/highlights/child-care-assistance-an-essential-work-support-program-for-families Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/child-care-assistance-an-essential-work-support-program-for-families New CLASP brief highlights why child care assistance is an essential work support program for low-income working families.

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