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Weathering the Recession

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.

January 1, 2012

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More Children in Immigrant Families

In 2013, 17.8 million children lived in immigrant families, a 26% increase from the last decade. Of these children, 89% are U.S. citizens.

Published January 30, 2015

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Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide

One way to achieve social change in an organization is to incorporate race equity and inclusion at every stage of work. This action guide provides seven concrete steps for foundations and other organizations to take in creating equitable opportunities for the children, families and communities they serve.

Published January 8, 2015

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Parents as Advocates: Influencing Policymakers to Improve Public Policies for Families

Any effort to improve the lives of low-income families should include those families in discussions about overcoming the challenges they face. As experts on their situation, families — more specifically, parents — should have a place at the table in crafting solutions to their problems. A new report from Community Organizing and Family Issues captures how parents play an active, hands-on role in changing public policy and systems to benefit their children, families and communities as a whole.

Published November 14, 2014

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KIDS COUNT Webinar Recording: Creating Opportunity for Families

The Casey Foundation hosted a Nov. 12 webinar on our new KIDS COUNT policy report, Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach. The session highlighted ways the public, nonprofit and private sectors can work together to help equip the 10 million low-income families with young children in the United States with the tools they need to move out of poverty and thrive.

Published November 13, 2014

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Big Ideas for Job Creation

How best to address the nation's unemployment rate? Thirteen of the country's most innovative thinkers offer big ideas worthy of consideration and potential investment.

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Improving Access to Public Benefits

Not all families are able to gain access to the benefits for which they are eligible. What can funders, communities and the government do to connect low-income families to these supports.

Stories From the Field

A Young Mom Gets a Second Chance for a High School Diploma and a Future

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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.