- Jan 16, 2015 CLASP, Businesses Strongly Support President’s Focus on Working Families This week, President Obama announced a major push to improve the lives of working families. The actions he outlined will address priority issues for CLASP, such as earned sick days and paid family and medical leave insurance.
- Nov 17, 2014 US Senate Passes Major Child Care Bill Today, the U.S. Senate passed the House amendment to the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, sending this important bill to the desk of President Obama for his signature.
- Sep 15, 2014 CLASP Applauds Congressional Action on Child Care Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, as amended.
- Aug 13, 2014 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.
- Jul 22, 2014 New Bill Addresses Unfair Job Scheduling Practices U.S. Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced the Schedules That Work Act in Congress.
Jul 01, 2014
Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Releases Shared Vision, Strong Systems
The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways (AQCP/the Alliance), a partnership of ten states together with CLASP, released its groundbreaking Shared Vision, Strong Systems: The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Framework 1.0, which establishes a common understanding of strong and effective career pathway systems.
- May 23, 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) a Critical Step Forward for U.S. Workers CLASP supports the proposed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)—a bipartisan House-Senate effort to reauthorize the nation’s workforce development and adult education programs.
- Apr 17, 2014 Report: States’ Choices Decide if Former Foster Youth Get Healthcare A little-known Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision has the potential to improve the health of young adults who often have significant health care needs and are more likely to be uninsured than their peers: former foster youth.
- Mar 19, 2014 CLASP Launches New Online Commentary What’s Next? The Agenda for Reducing Poverty and Expanding Opportunity will be a forum for discussion of broad themes on public policies that reduce poverty and expand opportunity for low-income adults, children, youth, and families.
Mar 11, 2014
CLASP Statement in Support of CCDBG Reauthorization
With child care assistance such an essential work support for low-income parents who struggle to find and keep employment to provide for their families, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) supports the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (S. 1086).
- Mar 10, 2014 Report: 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.
- Feb 04, 2014 On Anniversary of FMLA, Business Leaders Call for Paid Leave Paid family and medical leave makes business sense; that’s the message from business leaders ahead of the 21st anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) tomorrow.
- Nov 21, 2013 Higher Education Experts Call for Tax Reforms to Improve College Affordability, Access, and Completion A consortium of higher education experts has called on Congress to reform tax-based student aid to ensure it reaches the low- and modest-income families who most need it to access college. With nearly $34 billion spent each year, this form of aid is more common than even Pell Grants, but action is needed to maximize its impact on college access and completion.
- Nov 14, 2013 Report: Large Numbers of Children Underserved by Federal and State Early Care and Education Programs Today, the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) released Investing in Young Children: A Fact Sheet on Early Care and Education Participation, Access, and Quality. The joint report reveals how significant underinvestment in early care and education programs at the state and federal levels has left large numbers of children underserved.
- Nov 13, 2013 CLASP Statement on the Strong Start for America's Children Act Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Richard Hanna (R-NY) introduced the Strong Start for America's Children Act: landmark legislation that provides for universal access to high-quality pre-kindergarten services for low-income children through a federal-state partnership and expands quality child care for infants and toddlers.
- Oct 31, 2013 Groups Applaud the Bipartisan Student and Family Tax Simplification Act The Consortium for Reform of Higher Education Tax Benefits includes four organizations concerned with college access, affordability, and completion for low - and middle-income individuals: the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success at CLASP, the New America Foundation's Education Policy Program, Young Invincibles, and The Education Trust.
- Sep 13, 2013 New CLASP-led Consortium Seeks to Simplify and Better Target Higher Education Tax Benefits The Center on Postsecondary and Economic Success at CLASP is partnering with Education Trust, New America Foundation, and Young Invincibles in a new consortium to promote policies that reform and strengthen federal higher education tax benefits. Supported by a $310,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the consortium builds on previous work by these groups in the foundation's Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery (RADD) project.
- Jul 17, 2013 CLASP Receives Funding to Advance Efforts Improving Health and Success of Young Men of Color The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced its support of CLASP (the Center for Law and Social Policy) through Forward Promise, the Foundation's $9.5 million initiative to improve the health and success of boys and young men of color. CLASP will receive $700,000 over 24 months to support its work that advances multiple pathways towards secondary and post-secondary credentials and employment and that examines trauma and its impact on readiness for education and employment.
- Apr 23, 2013 Leading Anti-Poverty Center Announces New Executive Director Today, CLASP (the Center for Law and Social Policy) announced the appointment of Olivia Golden, Ph.D. as its next executive director. She will succeed Alan Houseman, who has served in the position since 1981. Houseman will retire at the end of 2013.
- Sep 25, 2012 CLASP Explores New Approaches in Federal Policy to Help Low-Income Students Complete College Two unfortunate phenomena have been converging to make college even more elusive for low-income students: the affordability of postsecondary education is waning at the same time that low-income students in this slowly recovering economy must juggle school, family and work to earn credentials of value in an increasingly competitive job market. Against this backdrop, CLASP has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to participate in the Reimagining Aid Delivery and Design (RADD) project with 13 other organizations.