- Dec 04, 13 | Center for American Progress Real Family Values: Paid Family Leave The lack of universal family leave is an affront to these values, perpetuating injustice and disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable in our society. While the FMLA granted millions of Americans access to unpaid family leave, about 40 percent of U.S. workers still do not qualify for the benefits of the law. Worse, the Department of Labor reports that nearly half of workers who qualify for unpaid family leave cannot afford to take the time off, and two-thirds of those who did take leave said that it hurt their family financially. In addition, although wealthier families are better able to shoulder lost wages while taking unpaid leave by relying on other forms of income such as extensive savings or financially leaning on a spouse with high income, a 2013 Center for Law and Social Policy analysis found that poorer families often saw their incomes vanish while taking time off to care for loved ones. The study also reported that 54 percent of workers earning less than the median national family income reported losing all of their income while taking unpaid leave.
- Dec 04, 13 | Bloomberg Teens Chasing Scarce U.S. Jobs Boosted by State Programs "These young people will be a decade or more behind, compared to the previous generation, because they won't have early work experience," said Kisha Bird, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy, a Washington-based policy group focused on low-income Americans. "They have limited skills, they're not enrolled in school and they don't have basic credentials."
- Nov 27, 13 | Think Progress The Majority Of Eligible Preschoolers Aren't Enrolled In Head Start Just 42 percent of eligible low-income preschoolers are actually served by Head Start and less than 4 percent are in Early Head Start, according to a recent report from CLASP. Meanwhile, only about a quarter of low-income families with children under the age of six who are eligible to get childcare subsidies actually receive them.
- Nov 21, 13 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, 13 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, 13 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, 13 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.
CLASP's policy experts present at a wide variety of events, conferences, seminars and forums throughout the country. Following are upcoming CLASP staff presentations: