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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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The Power of Sector Strategies: Meeting the Needs of Workers and Employers

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.

Published June 16, 2014

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Food at Home

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.

Published May 28, 2014

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Focusing on the Factors that Help Kids Succeed

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.

Published May 14, 2014

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Using Brain Science to Design New Pathways Out of Poverty

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.

Published January 24, 2014

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Economic Opportunity in Rural Communities

More than 25 percent of kids in rural areas live in poverty, which is a significantly higher rate than in the suburbs. Learn how the Foundation is working to connect rural families to opportunities.

Published December 31, 2013

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A Two-Generation Strategy

A major underpining of the Casey's Foundation's work is the core belief that creating a brighter future for kids depends on making sure their parents are successful today.

Published December 27, 2013

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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.