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Cielinski, Anna – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2019
During the early 2000s, state and local leaders developed career pathways programs in an effort to redesign education and workforce development systems to better meet the education and employment needs of low-income, educationally underprepared adults. These career pathways increase individual prosperity and regional competitiveness by aligning…
Descriptors: Career Development, Vocational Education, Adult Education, Labor Force Development
Welton, Carrie – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2019
Postsecondary education is often out of reach for students with low incomes, many of whom receive little or no financial support from their family for school and who have significant unmet need, even after financial aid. Students of color (approximately 40 percent of all college students) face additional systemic barriers that hinder access and…
Descriptors: Welfare Services, Food, Nutrition, Federal Programs
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
Walizer, Lauren – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2018
When state budgets are tight, Pell Grants can indirectly give states more financial flexibility to support the success of innovative state and local ideas. Conversely, cuts to Pell, or the failure to maintain current provisions such as tying the value of it to inflation, can have lasting negative impacts on the success of state postsecondary…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Grants, Educational Finance, Retrenchment
Taliaferro, Wayne; Pham, Duy – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2018
The social, economic, political, historical, and racial context shaping the criminal justice system is complex and extensive. As a result, individuals who have been incarcerated face limited opportunities--particularly for education and training--both during and after incarceration. Historical investments in corrections and policies that…
Descriptors: Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Educational Opportunities, Educational Change
Welton, Carrie – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2018
Attaining a postsecondary education can greatly increase success in today's labor market. But it is often out of reach for students from low-income families, who often receive little or no financial family support for school and who have significant unmet need even after financial aid. Students of color face additional systemic racial and economic…
Descriptors: Social Services, Low Income Groups, Minority Group Students, At Risk Students
Garcia, Rosa – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2018
The reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) must address the needs of students of color. In recent years, historically underrepresented students have become a larger segment in higher education. HEA reauthorization is an opportunity to increase educational attainment levels; address durable disparities in achievement; and ensure the…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Higher Education, College Students, Educational Attainment
Garcia, Rosa – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2018
The Higher Education Act (HEA) can promote connections to work by supporting linkages to career pathways that help youth and adults with barriers to employment obtain postsecondary credentials that lead to family-sustaining jobs with the potential for career advancement. HEA also has the potential to support partnerships between higher education,…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Higher Education, Career Development
Garcia, Rosa – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2018
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, tuition increased more than 34 percent between 2008 and 2015. State spending on higher education remains well below pre-recession levels. As a result, millions of low-income students, particularly students of color, are struggling to afford postsecondary education. Forty years ago, the…
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, Paying for College, Access to Education, Tuition
Duke-Benfield, Amy Ellen; García, Rosa; Walizer, Lauren; Welton, Carrie – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2018
Students and state policymakers clearly understand how important postsecondary education is to financial wellbeing and state economic productivity. Those with associate or bachelor's degrees earn 31 percent and 77 percent more, respectively, than people with a high school diploma. College graduates are less likely to be unemployed. Typical college…
Descriptors: State Policy, College Students, Well Being, Student Needs
West-Bey, Nia; Mendoza, Marlén; Bunts, Whitney – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2018
Structural barriers are systemic challenges embedded in culture, economy, and institutions that cause inequality. Produced by systems of power, they require large-scale investment and policy solutions to achieve meaningful change. In 2017, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) conducted focus groups with young women of color to learn what…
Descriptors: Females, Minority Groups, Asian Americans, Hmong People
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2018
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and ZERO TO THREE call on federal and state policymakers to embrace a bold policy agenda--one that invests in and optimizes proven programs and seizes new opportunities to make policies work better for families with young children. For such policies to be successful, increased state and federal…
Descriptors: Young Children, Infants, Toddlers, Child Welfare
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