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Study: Early Work Experience and Supportive Adults A Boon to Low-Income Youth

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Young people who grow up in low-income households often face steep challenges on the road to adulthood. But three factors — a postsecondary degree, early labor market experience and work-based learning opportunities that include positive relationships with adults — can improve their future success, according to a new report funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Posted December 6, 2018

Study: Long-Term Mentoring Helps Foster Families

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A nonprofit called Friends of the Children, aims to break the cycle of generational poverty by pairing professional mentors with kids who are involved in the child welfare system. A pilot adaptation has taken the program’s support a step further — extending its reach to caregivers — and it’s an approach that seems to be working, according to a yearlong evaluation.

Posted November 27, 2018

Policy Wins Help Strengthen Georgia’s Families and Economy

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With support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a nonprofit in Georgia has helped secure key legislative changes that will strengthen the state’s workforce and create more equitable opportunities for children and families.

Posted November 8, 2018

There’s More Skilled Work Than Workers — and That’s a Problem

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Brooke DeRenzis and Rob Garcia of the National Skills Coalition

In a new podcast episode, the Casey Foundation’s Lisa Hamilton talks with the National Skills Coalition’s Brooke DeRenzis and Rob Garcia about building and sustaining a skilled labor force build and why this work is so important for America’s children, families and future.

Posted October 30, 2018

2020 Census: Federal Funding — and Support for Kids — Tied to Census Count

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Federal spending on kids in 2015 topped $159 billion on 10 programs alone.

The 2020 census is at risk of shortchanging the nation’s official population count by more than 2 million kids younger than age 5, according to experts. It’s an error that could spur serious budgetary shortfalls that carry long-term consequences for children and families.

Posted October 22, 2018

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