Dear Colleagues:

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Integrating Approaches that Prioritize and Enhance Father Engagement

In October 2018, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) issued a joint Information Memorandum (IM) to all ACF programs emphasizing the importance of meaningful father involvement to better serve children and families. In particular, this memorandum highlights research findings that demonstrate the value of fathers’ involvement in the lives of their children and families, as well as identifies promising practices to promote and sustain fathers’ engagement, regardless of their physical location or extent of custodial participation.

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The History of ‘Ohana Nui: Transformation of the Hawaii Department of Human Services This new publication from Aspen Institute’s Ascend focuses on Hawai‘i’s Department of Human Services dramatic new approach to the delivery of human services. Called ‘Ohana Nui, it seeks to break generational patterns of poverty by concurrently addressing all of the basic health and human services needs of the entire family, rather than doing so in a piece-meal fashion. Bringing together Hawai‘i’s Departments of Human Services and Health, along with their community partners, ‘Ohana Nui aims to build a comprehensive, integrated, statewide, one-stop system to provide support for Hawaii’s most vulnerable individuals and families.

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KIDS COUNT Policy Report: Opening Doors for Young Parents

This report reminds policymakers and child advocates of the barriers that young families face, focusing on opportunities to invest in ensuring these young families find pathways to success.  It examines national and state-level trends and balances research, data and examples of ways to nurture the strengths and talents of parents ages 18 to 24 to highlight areas of opportunity and concern. The report concludes with potential solutions and recommendations for how state and federal policymakers can help young parents develop the skills they need to contribute to their children’s well-being, their communities and the economy that can help these families thrive.

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New Tools for Rural Communities Addressing Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse

This month USDA Rural Development, with support from the Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group, launched the Community Opioid Misuse Toolbox – a suite of essential tools supporting grassroots strategies to address the opioid epidemic. The toolbox currently features two new resources also launched this month: the Community Assessment Tool, an interactive data tool that empowers community leaders to assess the causes and impact of opioid misuse in their community, and the Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse, a listing of Federal programs that can be used to address opioid misuse in rural communities..

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Advancing Racial Equity through Career Pathways

This new brief from CLASP, is a part of their Maximizing the Power of Career Pathways series, which offers perspective from workforce development leaders, national organizations, advocates, funders, and federal agency staff on critical areas of career pathway work. This brief in particular focuses on “Career pathways” as defined across three federal laws offers a service-delivery model that can close achievement gaps and advance racial equity, offering an opportunity to retool our workforce and education systems to better serve individuals with varied education and skill levels and non-academic needs.

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Facilitated Leadership and Family Engagement: Learning with and from Families

Friday, December 4, 2018

3:00PM-4:30PM ET


This webinar from the National Association for the Education of Young Children will feature authors of a new book, From Survive to Thrive: A Director’s Guide for Leading an Early Childhood Program. The authors will provide information for childhood program directors on building a strong culture, creating useful and engaging policies, and working with families as a leader.

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Achieving Postsecondary Success for Parents: A New Partnership and Report Recommendations Thursday, November 8, 2018

2:00PM-3:15PM ET


Ascend at the Aspen Institute is the national hub for breakthrough ideas around the two-generation approach, and during this webinar they will be announcing a brand new initiative they are launching in partnership with the philanthropic investment firm, the Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm. The new project will focus on investing in students who are parents of young children. During the webinar, they will highlight two new reports that lift up recommendations for policymakers and practitioners working to advance solutions for student parents, and discuss the new project and upcoming publications to be released in 2019.



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Taxpayer Opportunity Network Presents: VITA Training for You!

Monday, November 5, 2018

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET


Prosperity Now’s Taxpayer Opportunity Network has developed a brand-new 12 module training platform for VITA programs designed to get volunteers trained and certified at the Basic level for the upcoming tax season. Program managers and site coordinators can take any or all of the 12 included modules to download or embed into their own training. During this interactive webinar, the Taxpayer Opportunity Network will showcase the training platform and share some program perspectives on how you can optimize this training!


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