Dear Colleagues:

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Employment Coaching Program Snapshots

This Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation report reviews the effectiveness of using coaches to help low-income individuals move toward self-sufficiency. The evaluation profiles four coaching models. The snapshots describe each program participating in the evaluation, including its objectives, its approach to employment coaching, its target population, its location, the characteristics of the coaches, and the other services provided. The program snapshots are intended to inform interested policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders about the programs participating in the evaluation. Click here to read the full report.



State Child Care Assistance Policies for Parents in Education and Training

As a part of the Urban Institute’s “Bridging the Gap: Exploring the Intersection between Child Care and Workforce Development for Low-Income Parents” project, this brief released in April, provides an overview of state Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) eligibility policies that support access to child care for parents in pursuit of education and training. Education and training activities help prepare parents for work, but a lack of access to child care can be a barrier for parents seeking to participate in these activities. CCDF has the potential to help parents in education and training access child care, but the eligibility requirements vary across states.

Click here to read this report.


The Father Factor: A Critical Link In Building Family Prosperity

In fall 2018, Ascend and the GOOD+ Foundation convened fathers, researchers, thought leaders, policymakers, and social service program leaders to explore the Father Factor — a Critical Link in Building Strong Families and Communities. This report from Aspen Ascend summarizes critical themes and practical examples that surfaced at the convening to increase father engagement for the well-being of children, families, and communities.

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Advancing Racial Equity through Career Pathways

This new report from Annie E. Casey highlights several innovative policies and approaches community leaders are using to ensure all residents can access the opportunities necessary for them to fully contribute to, and benefit from, the city’s growing economy. The report offers recommendations for action that neighborhoods, city and state government, nonprofit organizations and the philanthropic and private sectors can take to advance these efforts and  establish more equitable pathways to education, housing and employment.

Click here to read this full report









Pathways to High-Quality Jobs for Young Adults

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

2:00PM-3:0 0PM ET


The webinar will cover: job characteristics that can be used to measure job quality; how education, training, and work-related experiences might contribute to job quality for young adults up to 29 years of age; and interventions that help disadvantaged youth attain higher quality jobs. Speakers from Brookings, Child Trends, and Trinity Washington University will discuss research application to youth education and employment, and ICF will facilitate this discussion.

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Emerging Lessons on Place-Based Impact Investing Collaboration

Thursday, June 27, 2019

3:00PM-4:00PM ET


Foundations and their partners are turning to collaboration to maximize the social and economic returns of their place-based impact investments. To support these efforts and facilitate lesson sharing, the Urban Institute and Mission Investors Exchange have produced a set of practitioner briefs, focusing on three elements of collaborative place-based impact investing: building strong ecosystems, mapping opportunities and capacities, and deploying capital on the ground together. Join Urban and Mission Investors Exchange to learn more about these resources and how they can help foundations and their partners build and enhance local impact investing ecosystems.


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Funding/Collaboration/Learning Opportunities:


Collective Impact Accelerator on Using Data

The “Collective Impact Accelerator” is a twelve month learning cohort that focuses on improving how collective impact backbone teams, funders, and other partners use data to learn and strengthen their work in collaboration with others, ultimately contributing to achieving greater impact in communities. Accelerator will be limited to participants from 10 separate collaboratives and will take place from November 2019 to November 2020.

Applications Due: July 26, 2019

Informational Call: June 18, 2019, 4:00 PM- 5:00 PM ET


Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities

These grants will enable eligible applicants within the Appalachian and Delta regions to expand the impact of existing workforce development initiatives, as well as provide valuable career, training, and support services to eligible individuals in counties and parishes and/or areas currently underserved by other resources.  These grants support workforce development activities that prepare dislocated workers, new entrants to the workforce, and incumbent workers for good jobs in high-demand occupations aligned with a regional or community economic development strategy.

Applications Due: July 15, 2019