Nearly 24 million children have parents without full-time jobs, and many others earn too little to help their families flourish. We invest in finding ways to connect parents to economic opportunity so that the family can thrive.
The recent financial crisis has shown the importance of asset building. This report sheds light on how families fared during the Great Recession, looking at those living in low-income neighborhoods who may see disproportionate effects from the crisis.
For two decades, the Casey Foundation has supported sector-based workforce development as a strategy for increasing jobs and career opportunities for low-income, low-skilled adults. A new book, Connecting People to Work, charts what the field has learned about this strategy and what lies ahead.
This report provides an extensive overview of Washington’s Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET) program and, more broadly, of federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T).
The report highlights some of the existing programs and best practices in addressing the nutritional needs of low-income communities. It also provides a series of actionable recommendations that demonstrate how affordable housing can be a platform and how housing providers can serve as a crucial conduit for providing low-income families with access to healthy foods and fostering healthy eating.
Casey President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick McCarthy outlines the Foundation's focus on the factors with the greatest influence on a child's chances to succeed: family, community and opportunity.
This report explains how new research on the effects of poverty on the brain can be applied to improve social policies and programs aimed at moving families out of poverty to economic independence. The report explores the impact of factors such as social bias, persistent poverty and trauma on brain development, and outlines how persistent stress can impact a person’s cognitive skills and their ability to achieve economic independence.
Learn more about how the Earned Income Tax Credit is helping millions of working families stay out of poverty and how Casey has been investing to ensure that more qualified families take advantage of this benefit.
Haydee Almanza didn’t think she would need a high school diploma when she dropped out at age 18. She didn’t think she’d need it when she found a steady job at a Los Angeles clothing shop. It wasn’t until she had her first child at age 21 that the reality hit her.
I wanted my son to have a parent with a high school diploma,” says Almanza, now age 25. “I wanted to finish. I wanted him to know what was possible.