This tool is intended for state advocates and policymakers to use as they work to develop a state infant/toddler care agenda. It includes a series of key questions to understand the context and conditions of infants and toddlers in the state. Questions include data on demographics and program participation (such as health and nutrition programs), as well as the details of child care and early education settings in the state.
CLASP identifies and documents effective practices in youth employment service delivery from communities across the country, with particular focus on the function and effectiveness of the workforce investment system and its collaborative relationship with other systems that serve at-risk and disconnected youth. Communities include Baltimore, Boston, Hartford, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Portland and San Diego.
Not enough individuals are reaching their career and educational goals. Half of the U.S. workforce has only a high school diploma or less, and many of those with a high school diploma lack the necessary skills to compete for the jobs of the future. CLASP recommends that significant changes be made in workforce development and adult education programs authorized under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) so that these programs may become better gateways to the middle class for low-income and other marginalized workers.
Children in low-income families face multiple risk factors that can threaten their healthy development and make it difficult for them to thrive. Thoughtful and sustained federal investments are necessary to upgrade the education skills of low-income workers, create pathways to good jobs, and provide the supports that workers, children and their families need to meet basic needs and develop their full potential.
CLASP undertook this project to explore how home visiting can be responsive to the realities of children’s daily lives when they spend significant time in the care of someone other than a parent.
This tool is designed to provide a policy framework that lays out ideas for increasing access for low-income babies and toddlers to high quality child care settings through state child care subsidy systems.
Elizabeth Lower-Basch submitted this testimony regarding the critical importance of safety net programs to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support.
This paper discusses how the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) system can use new funding and flexibility under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to implement cutting-edge workforce education and training strategies that can help low-skill adults and out-of-school youth gain the skillsand credentials they need to fill the pipeline of skilled workers for jobs important to local economies. It focuses on career pathways as a framework for strengthening employer engagement and linkages among workforce education and training programs; and as a model for improving how training and related services are delivered in the WIA adult, dislocated workers and youth programs.