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Walizer, Lauren – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2018
Policymakers, postsecondary education leaders, and researchers agree: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be a barrier to achieving this nation's college access goals. Concerns about the FAFSA's negative impact on enrollment and financial aid have sparked a bipartisan push to simplify and shorten the form by removing…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Financial Aid, Federal Aid, Poverty
Matthews, Hannah; Ullrich, Rebecca; Cervantes, Wendy – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2018
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) conducted the first ever multi-state study of the effects of the current immigration climate on young children under age 8. In 2017, CLASP interviewed early care and education providers, community-based social service providers, and immigrant parents in six states. The findings, detailed in "Our…
Descriptors: Immigration, Public Policy, Young Children, Early Childhood Education
Cervantes, Wendy; Ullrich, Rebecca; Matthews, Hannah – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2018
This report documents how the current immigration context is affecting the nation's youngest children, under age eight, based on interviews and focus groups in 2017 with more than 150 early childhood educators and parents in six states--California, Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. This study was motivated by…
Descriptors: Immigration, Public Policy, Young Children, Focus Groups
Taliaferro, Wayne – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2018
Many good jobs have "middle skill" requirements that can be met through post-high school, non-degree training. This often takes the form of short-term education and training programs that lead to an industry-recognized credential. The best designed short-term programs are embedded in a longer-term career pathway program, enabling…
Descriptors: Career Education, Job Training, Credentials, Employment Qualifications
Pham, Duy; Taliaferro, Wayne – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2017
This brief examines how Indiana is aligning education and training opportunities for people who are currently or formerly incarcerated. This is the second brief in the series "Reconnecting Justice in the States," which explores coordinated justice, education, and workforce policy and practice at the state level. It is part of CLASP's…
Descriptors: Correctional Rehabilitation, Institutionalized Persons, Educational Opportunities, Investment
Johnson-Staub, Christine – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2017
Child care and early education policies are shaped by a history of systemic and structural racism. This has created major racial disparities in children's access to quality child care that meets their cultural and linguistic needs and enables their parents to work. Early care and education workers are overwhelmingly in low-quality jobs with…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Racial Bias, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy
Walizer, Lauren – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2017
The makeup of today's students requires federal postsecondary education policies to be influenced by a wide variety of student experiences and needs. Any reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) must be focused on principles like offering affordable and equitable postsecondary opportunities, and being deliberate about linking school to…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Educational Policy, Student Needs, Access to Education
Ullrich, Rebecca; Cole, Patricia; Gebhard, Barbara; Schmit, Stephanie – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2017
Low-income parents of infants and toddlers should have access to affordable education and training to improve their employment opportunities. Parents' education is one of the strongest, most consistent predictors of children's health, development, and achievement over time. Parents' education levels affect how they seek, understand, and use…
Descriptors: Infants, Toddlers, Family Programs, Parent Education
Pham, Duy; Cervantes, Wendy – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2017
Dreamers--undocumented immigrant youth who came to the United States as children--make up a small share of total immigrants, but they contribute immensely to the nation's success. Among the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., over 3.2 million came before turning 18 and have lived in the country for at least four years. For many…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Youth, Undocumented Immigrants, Access to Education
Mohan, Anitha; Walker, Christina – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2016
In 1994, the federal Early Head Start (EHS) program was created to address the comprehensive needs of low-income pregnant women and children under age 3. EHS was launched almost 30 years after Head Start was established in 1965 to serve low-income 3- and 4-year-old children and their families with comprehensive early education and support…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Participant Characteristics, Delivery Systems, Program Descriptions
Mohan, Anitha; Walker, Christina – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2016
Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) provides child care and other services to migrants to ensure that young children from birth to age 5 are not with their parents in the fields, where they can be exposed to pesticides, hazardous equipment, extreme heat, and other health dangers. MSHS provides services focused on the "whole child,"…
Descriptors: Migrants, Preschool Education, Participant Characteristics, Early Childhood Education
Bird, Kisha – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2016
Youth of color are full of promise; they are courageous, intelligent, creative, curious, bold, and resilient. An investment strategy placing them at the center and addressing the structural barriers that keep them locked out of social, emotional, and economic prosperity because of their race/ethnicity, gender, and/or zip code is both fiscally…
Descriptors: Public Policy, Investment, Youth Opportunities, Social Justice
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2016
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the primary source of federal funding for child care subsidies for low-income families and to improve child care quality for all children. Quality child care enables parents to work or go to school while providing children with safe and enriching environments where they can learn and thrive.…
Descriptors: Investment, Child Care, Federal Aid, Grants
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2016
As states release draft Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) state plans for public comment, advocates and other stakeholders have an important opportunity to improve them. The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is offering a list of questions, which is included in this document, to consider when reviewing state plans. These…
Descriptors: Statewide Planning, State Policy, Labor Force Development, Educational Opportunities
Mohan, Anitha; Walker, Christina – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2016
Since 1965, the Head Start program has served low-income 3- and 4-year-old children and their families with comprehensive early education and support services. Programs provide services focused on the "whole child," including early education addressing cognitive, developmental, and socio-emotional needs; medical and dental screenings and…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Family Programs, Participant Characteristics
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