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Banerjee, Asha – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2021
Student debt cancellation must be a federal priority for the new administration. As the devastating health and economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic deepens, millions of student borrowers are held back by high levels of debt on top of job losses and the struggle to cover their basic needs. The pause on payments is only a temporary fix. Since…
Descriptors: Debt (Financial), Loan Repayment, Student Loan Programs, Gender Bias
Johnson, Cameron – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2021
As the novel coronavirus spreads across the country, the pandemic has raged through United States correctional facilities with little regard to the health of the incarcerated. The pandemic also affected access to postsecondary education and adult education in correctional facilities. As a result, prison education programs--including postsecondary…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Postsecondary Education, Adult Education
Fortner, Alyssa; Ferrette, Tiffany; Johnson-Staub, Christine – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2021
During a time of historic COVID-related federal investment in child care and early education, states are working to leverage this opportunity to provide significant relief and recovery to providers and families. This fact sheet highlights the actions that select states have implemented to make the most of this critical time and opportunity. As…
Descriptors: Child Care, State Policy, Grants, Costs
Hardy, Alycia; Schmit, Stephanie – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2021
The most recent version of the Build Back Better (BBB) Act includes historic investments in child care and preschool totaling $390 billion. These investments create a child care entitlement for most children from birth through age five and universal pre-kindergarten for three- and four-year-olds, which would provide significant increases to access…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Child Care, Preschool Education
Hardy, Alycia; Schmit, Stephanie – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2021
The Build Back Better Act (BBB) will provide significant transformative funding to support the fragile child care and pre-kindergarten (pre-K) sectors and more equitably serve America's children, families, and child care workers. In Understanding the Child Care and Pre-K Provisions in the Build Back Better Act, the Center for Law and Social Policy…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Preschool Education, Child Care, Federal Legislation
Geiman, J. – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2021
Workers today increasingly need postsecondary education to access consistent employment and livable wages, with an estimated 65 percent of jobs requiring some form of postsecondary credential as of 2020. The financial barriers to higher education are particularly high for Black Americans, who on average carry less than a quarter of the familial…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Access to Education, Paying for College, At Risk Students
Gilkesson, Parker – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2021
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation's most important anti-hunger program, providing food assistance to people with low incomes, including postsecondary students, workers, children, people with disabilities, seniors, and many more. The needs of college students have changed drastically over time, requiring more…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Nutrition, Welfare Services, College Students
Hardy, Alycia; Fortner, Alyssa – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2021
Data collected from across the child care and early education (CCEE) field, both during and prior to COVID-19, have been critical for identifying and scaling public resources to meet the increasing needs of children, families, early educators, and providers. Much of the data collected throughout the global health crisis demonstrated how the…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Policy Formation
Hardy, Alycia; Fortner, Alyssa – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2021
Data collected from across the child care and early education (CCEE) field, both during and prior to COVID-19, have been critical in helping policymakers identify and scale public resources to meet the increasing needs of children, families, early educators, and providers. Much of the data collected throughout the global health crisis has shown…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Policy Formation
Burnside, Ashley; Gilkesson, Parker; Baker, Patricia – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2021
Food insecurity among low income students has increased during COVID-19, and could persist for months or years for students saddled with educational debt or facing uncertain unemployment. Access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for children has a proven effect on reducing childhood food insecurity, and when students…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Federal Legislation, Federal Aid
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2021
Food Stamp work requirements for college students date back to the 1960s and '70s when public perception fueled the belief that students from middle- and upper-income families, who should support them, were taking advantage of government. This was coupled with a belief that students had made themselves "voluntarily idle" by removing…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Federal Legislation, Federal Aid
Burnside, Ashley; Gilkesson, Parker; Baker, Patricia – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2021
This two-page executive summary highlights primary points from the report, "Connecting Community College Students to SNAP: Lessons from States That Have Expanded SNAP Access and Minimized the 'Work for Food' Requirement." The report recommends two primary pathways state policymakers, education agencies, college administrators, and…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Food, Federal Aid, Hunger
Geiman, J. – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2021
Immigrant students, including Dreamers, face significant barriers in accessing a postsecondary education and have faced increased hardship as a result of the pandemic with little access to additional supports. As part of the ongoing negotiations of the Build Back Better Act, the America's College Promise program, which would have guaranteed two…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Eligibility, Undocumented Immigrants, Barriers
Fortner, Alyssa; Hardy, Alycia; Schmit, Stephanie – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how critical child care is for families while also highlighting and exacerbating the existing inequities in the sector. Even as schools are beginning to reopen, continued investment in school-age care is essential to meet families' needs and address the long-standing inequities that children, families, and…
Descriptors: Child Care, Financial Support, Employed Parents, Federal Aid
Tawa, Kayla – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2021
The U.S. Department of Education required each state to submit a reopening plan outlining how they were using and planned on using Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) conducted an analysis of 37 state plans to better understand if and how schools were prioritizing culturally…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Elementary Secondary Education, Mental Health
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