Welcome to the first edition of Learning Community Fresh Finds!


Here are some resources from across the field that you can use


Measuring Mobility from Poverty

This paper is the newest publication from the Urban Institute’s US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, a Bill & Melinda Gates funded project connecting research, practice and lived experience to find innovative solutions to move people out of poverty. This paper is based in The Partnership’s insight that true mobility from poverty require more than economic success, but is also accompanied with power and autonomy, as well as a sense of value in community. Based on this definition, the Partnership teamed up with Stanford University’s SPARQ (Social Psychological Answers to Real-world Questions) to establish scales that measure mobility across these three core principals. This paper curates and describes these measures, and argues that they need to be incorporated into how we think about moving people out of poverty in order to have a more significant impact.

Click here for the report


Strengthening the TANF Program: Putting Children at the Center and Increasing Access to Good Jobs for Parents

Nisha G. Patel, Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Human Resources, Committee on Ways and Means in their hearing to explore legislative options to address the jobs gap. In her testimony, Patel identifies six ways to strengthen the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program emphasizing that put children at the center and strengthening parental job opportunities is the key to effectively utilizing TANF to move families towards self-sufficiency.

Click here to read the full testimony


Reducing the Cliff Effect to Support Working Families

This article from Aspen Ascend describes three programs in Florida, Maryland and Colorado that are helping to turn the cliff into more of a slope.  Softening the blow of losing supports for working families moving towards self-sufficiency helps to reduce stressors that can adversely affect developing children. By working together, businesses and government can create work-based pathways for economic stability, reduce government dependency, improve child and family outcomes, and support economic development.

Click here to view report


A Compass for Families: Head Start in Rural America

This report, released by the Center for American Progress in April, documents the scope of the federal Head Start preschool program in 10 states with significant rural populations. Based on both quantitative and qualitative data researchers for this report found that in many states, Head Start fills a child care and early education gap in rural counties and boosts access to health care among rural children.

Click here to view the full report


Upcoming Webinars Events

Using the Work Readiness Assessment Tool to Address Significant Barriers to Employment

May 22, 2018

1:00pm – 2:30pm ET

In this facilitated webinar, presenters will share how their organization uses Online Work Readiness Assessment (OWRA) tool to successfully support customers experiencing significant barriers to employment by connecting customers to a variety of resources and services, as well as employment and training opportunities that are tailored to the unique needs of the individual. By sharing their strategies and lessons learned, other programs can gain insight into how to more effectively serve customers facing significant barriers to employment and lead them toward sustainable self-sufficiency.

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Cultural Humility and Health Equity

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

2:00 pm ET | 1:00 pm CT | 12:00 pm MT | 11:00 am PT 

Cultural humility provides a framework that can be utilized to impact health equity in policy and practice. This session will provide an overview of the relationship between cultural humility and health equity. (Part 2 of 2)

Presenter: Dr. Dayna Long



Racial Equity in Financial Empowerment Program Design

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

2:00 pm ET | 1:00 pm CT | 12:00 pm MT |11:00 am PT

Research has shown that persons of color are faced with steep historic and social barriers to accessing reputable financial products and services. As a result, Community Action agencies have a responsibility to ensure that their financial empowerment strategy is inclusive and works to specifically address these unique challenges. This webinar will be led by the experts from Prosperity Now who will call on the work of their Racial Wealth Divide Initiative to review both the research and practice of incorporating a racial equity lens into financial empowerment program design.

Presenters: Prosperity NOW



Funding Opportunities

USDA Community Connect Broadband Grant Program

USDA Rural Utilities Service has announced the availability of funding through the Community Connect Broadband Grant Program which provides grants for communities without broadband service to provide residential and business broadband services and connect facilities via broadband facilities such as police and fire stations, healthcare, libraries, and schools.

Deadline: 5/14/2018


Home Depot Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation provides funding for nonprofit organizations and public agencies in the United States that are using the power of volunteers to improve communities through its Community Impact Grants program. Priority is given to projects that benefit veterans and/or diverse and underserved communities. Projects should be volunteer-friendly, engage people at all skill levels, and be expected to have a strong and lasting impact. Awards of up to $5,000 will be given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. 

Deadline: awards are made on a rolling basis.