2019 Learning Community Applications Are Now Live!

The Community Action Partnership is pleased to announce new opportunities to engage with The Learning Community in 2019.

The Learning Community will provide the entire Community Action Network with a variety of learning opportunities in four new intensive focus areas:

Intensive LCGs (9-12 month engagement)

  • Community Economic Development:  Social Enterprise – Realize the potential of operating a social enterprise, both for meeting community needs for jobs and services and for generating flexible income for your CAA.   Learn about the wide variety of social enterprises that CAAs have successfully implemented across the country to adapt to your enterprise.
  • Results at the Community Level:  Collective Impact – Understand community level needs and the collective action required to address them. Participants will build on previous knowledge shared through the 2018 Collective Impact Mini-Series to move their initiatives forward.  The group will conclude with technical assistance on measuring community level change and reporting through Module 3 of the CSBG Annual Report.
  • Health Intersections – Explore the connections within the health sphere to address the social determinants of health in local communities. Participants will focus in on the importance of health clinics or systems collaborating with community based organizations for greater impact, as well as effective practices for assessing and screening individuals and families to determine appropriate interventions.
  • Implementing Innovative Practices – This advanced level group will provide participants with customized technical assistance and peer learning and sharing opportunities as they test new strategies related to the Whole Family Approach, Integrated Services and Financial Empowerment.  Program outcome data will also be collected during key milestones throughout the year to inform needed adaptations to selected approaches for the “field”. (participation in a 2018 Intensive LCGs is a prerequisite)


Click here to watch our December 5 Kick-Off webinar for an in-depth review of The Learning Community and all of its benefits.


How Can I Apply?

1.Create a new (free) account at https://moodle.communityactionpartnership.com

a.You should receive a confirmation email within minutes

2.Login and click “Learning Communities” under Course Categories on the right on your browser

3.Scroll down and select Learning Community Application

4.Click 2019 Learning Community Application

5.Select Self enrollment (Student), then click Enroll.

This will give you access to the Learning Community Application package and all of its components.  You will need to read the application package, complete the survey monkey application, and  submit the appropriate letter of commitment to the corresponding assignment portal.

Email ckohler@communityactionpartnership.com with any difficulties or questions.


Applications are due by January 31, 2019!

What is The Learning Community?

The Learning Community is the hub for the CSBG Network to share innovative approaches and access proven strategies to move families and communities forward. Comprised of topical Learning Community Groups (LCGs), members of The Learning Community consist of a cadre of agencies that are currently working on a program or service delivery strategy related to specific anti-poverty focus areas.

Learning Community members meet either virtually or in-person and assist each other by:

  • Discussing what works;
  • Sharing data findings;
  • Solving problems; and
  • Offering support for implementing new ideas, unmet needs, new organizational goals, or proving that a strategy works

What Are The Focus Areas of The Learning Community?

All participants in The Learning Community will be members of one or more Learning Community Groups (LCGs).  LCG members will receive specialized T/TA and guidance from peer experts and subject matter experts to help facilitate their learning process. The LCG environment is structured to be open and conducive to experimentation, so that participants are provided the flexibility needed to decide which methods work best for the needs of their individual agency. Eventually all LCG successes, as well as lessons learned, will be shared with the entire CSBG Network. Learning Community Groups are organized into three levels of engagement: open LCGs, intensive LCGs, and communities of practice. The group descriptions can be found below:

Learn More About the Members of the 2018 Learning Community

Over 150 Community Action Agencies representing all 11 regions across the nation are members of the 2018 cohort of The Learning Community. Click on the links below to take a closer look at the agencies and associations that are participating:

Featured Resources

Anti-Poverty Practice Series: Rural IMPACT Case Study

Highlighting best practices from Allegany Human Resource Development Commission and Family Futures Downeast.

Anti-Poverty Practice Series: Financial Empowerment for Families Case Study

Highlighting best practices from Baltimore City CAP, Capstone Community Action, and CAP of Orange County.

Anti-Poverty Practice series: Bundling Services to Improve Outcomes Case Study

Highlighting best practices from Community Action, Inc., Enrichment Services Program, and Douglas County CARES.

Anti-Poverty Practice Series: Trauma-Informed Approaches to Alleviate Poverty Case Study

Highlighting best practices from Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

In Focus Vol. 20 – Maximizing Services to Families through the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families

December 14, 2018
By: Colette Tano, M.P.P. and Laura Arnold, Ph.D., CFLE   The views expressed in In Focus are exclusively those of...
Read More

In Focus Vol. 19 – New Ways to Use the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse

December 7, 2018
By: Gabi Kirsch   The views expressed in In Focus are exclusively those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect official...
Read More

In Focus Vol. 18 – Relationship Education Matters For You Too

November 23, 2018
By: Laura Arnold, Ph.D., CFLE and Kate Dumanian   The views expressed in In Focus are exclusively those of the individual authors...
Read More

In Focus Vol. 17 – Supporting Children with Incarcerated Parents

November 9, 2018
By: Andreea Mitran, M.P.P., and Colette Tano, M.P.P.   The views expressed in In Focus are exclusively those of the individual authors...
Read More

In Focus Vol. 16 – Culturally Responsive Relationship Education

November 2, 2018
By: Kristin Abner, Ph.D. and Laura Arnold, Ph.D., CFLE   The views expressed in In Focus are exclusively those of...
Read More

Fresh Finds — New Resources for the Learning Community

October 30, 2018
Dear Colleagues: Here are some resources you can use… Integrating Approaches that Prioritize and Enhance Father Engagement In October 2018,...
Read More

In Focus Vol. 15 — Bringing High-Demand, Advanced Manufacturing Jobs to Southern California

October 27, 2018
Through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) aimed to increase the ability of community colleges to address the challenges of today’s workforce. TAACCCT funding allowed community colleges to develop or design more than 2,000 programs of study to help adults learn skills that lead to family-supporting jobs. TAACCCT grants helped strengthen the nation’s institutions of higher education as engines of economic opportunity where adults can succeed in acquiring the skills, degrees, and credentials necessary for high-wage, high-skill employment.
Read More

In Focus Vol. 14 — Healthcare as a Sectoral Employment Strategy: What Does the Research Tell Us?

October 12, 2018
Labor market research consistently identifies healthcare as one of the fastest growing industries across the country in terms of jobs and opportunity. As a result, healthcare has become one of the most frequently targeted sectors for career pathways initiatives. These initiatives provide postsecondary education and training organized in a series of steps designed to provide credentials with labor market value. Career pathways programs often include supports and connections to employers. These programs aim to help low-income individuals find and advance in high-quality jobs that allow them to support themselves and their families.
Read More

In Focus Vol. 13 — Hospitality Industry – Is it Right for Your Clients?

October 5, 2018
When you think of hotels, do you think about good jobs with advancement potential? If not, you may want to take another look. According to the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s Dreams Happen Here campaign, hotels provide 8 million jobs and $74 billion in wages and salaries in 2015. About 70 percent of the mayors surveyed in the 2017 U.S. Conference of Mayors Tourism, Hotel and Lodging Survey, said hotel jobs provide the most opportunity, good benefits, and wages within the tourism industry.
Read More

In Focus Vol. 12 – Innovations in Serving Special Populations: Formerly Incarcerated Young People

September 28, 2018
In the United States, there are more than 5 million children living with a parent who went to jail or prison. The challenges facing formerly incarcerated fathers and mothers can seem insurmountable and overwhelming. In addition to the responsibility of parenting, they often struggle to obtain employment, housing, access to benefits, and reliable transportation because of criminal background checks, housing restrictions, or holds on their driver’s licenses until their fees and fines are paid off. They may have accrued large arrearages owed in child support during incarceration. Many are also working to mend broken or damaged relationships with their families.  That is why accessing the right supports—stable housing, reliable networks, ties to employment, building healthy relationship and parenting skills—are essential.
Read More

Fresh Finds– New Resources from the Learning Community

September 25, 2018
Fresh Finds – September 25, 2018 Here are some resources from across the field that you can use…. Publications, Data,...
Read More

In Focus Vol. 11 – Overcoming the “Silent Weapon” of Financial Abuse

September 21, 2018
Preparing to leave an abuser takes a lot of planning. Among many other things, victims need a place to stay, food to eat, getting to and from work, healthcare, childcare, and legal services. And all of these resources have one thing in common: they cost money. Controlling finances is a key strategy for abusers to keep control over their partners. In fact, 99% of women experiencing domestic violence are also experiencing financial abuse. The Office of Women’s Health describes financial abuse as the control, withholding, and concealment of money from the victim, who feels stuck and afraid to leave the abusive situation.
Read More

In Focus Vol. 10 – Using Traditional Activities to Strengthen Tribal Workforce and Community Development Efforts

September 14, 2018
Pottery and jewelry making. Winter solstice religious ceremonies. Livestock herding. Salmon fishing. Teaching or learning a tribal language. Traditional clothes-making. At first glance, some individuals may not associate these activities with becoming self-sufficient. For American Indians, the connection between economics and self-sufficiency is important, but many tribes also consider activities like the ones listed above to be equally important in leading individuals to become productive, contributing members of society.
Read More