The American Dream promises that if you are willing to work hard, you will be able to achieve a better life for yourself and your family. But too many people are stuck in bad jobs— jobs that pay poverty-level wages and offer no benefits, jobs with little opportunity for advancement, jobs in which workers don’t know from week to week if they’ll get enough hours to pay their bills, jobs that workers can lose for staying home with a sick child.
In light of the peril facing so many of our youth in high-poverty communities, as well as the disparities in education and labor market outcomes for youth from these communities, there are compelling reasons for re-instituting federal investment in summer jobs.
CLASP submitted these comments on improving the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to the House Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness.
This paper draws on data from CLASP’s national study of state pre-kindergarten programs that are delivered in community-based early care and education settings.
This brief discusses the need to improve access to postsecondary education and job training for recipients of TANF.
These briefs explain how the Higher Education Act (HEA) can help low-income people build skills and secure better jobs, leading to a stronger national economy.
This brief recommends reforms to title II of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), focusing on opportunities to strengthen adult education for low-income people.
This paper is designed to promote understanding of the barriers that impede immigrant families’ access to high-quality child care and early education and to identify solutions for how these barriers might be remedied.
This testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives discusses the need to re-invest in the TANF program.
This brief provides an overview of the Food Stamp Employment and Training program (FSET) program and funding streams and discusses ways that workforce training programs can access FSET funds to improve the employability of FSET participants.