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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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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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Creating Opportunity for Families

Nearly half of the nation’s families with young children struggle to make ends meet. A new KIDS COUNT policy report makes the case for creating opportunity for families by addressing the needs of parents and their children simultaneously. Creating Opportunity for Family: A Two-Generation Approach describes the Foundation’s two-generation approach, which calls for connecting families with early childhood education, job training and other tools to achieve financial stability and break the cycle of poverty, and recommends ways to help equip families with what they need to thrive.

Published November 12, 2014

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Nov. 12 Webinar to Highlight New KIDS COUNT Policy Report

The Casey Foundation will host a Nov. 12 webinar to discuss our new policy report, Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach. This session will focus on 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 7, 2014

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Intersecting Worlds

This report — tailor-made for the Affordable Care Act era — tells how four tax-preparation programs are breaking the mold and tackling the world of health care enrollment. Readers will learn the challenges and opportunities associated with such a move, which has the potential to help millions of low-income Americans take a critical first step toward a healthier future.  

Published September 12, 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.