Welcome back to the second edition of Learning Community Fresh Finds!


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



New Child Care Solutions to Support Working Families

This blog post from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the fifth installment in a series profiling human services programs across the country that are working to help move families out of poverty. This post focuses on improvements made to the child care subsidy system after the 2014 reauthorization of the Child Care Development Block Grant Act and highlights a program in New York City that works with young parents to improve family outcomes.

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Rural Development Innovation Center

Secretary Perdue created the Rural Development Innovation Center to identify and develop new tools to better serve rural communities in achieving prosperity. The Innovation Center is hard-wired into USDA’s structure with a mission to identify best practices and bring continuous improvement in program delivery to enhance the quality of life in rural communities. The Center works to transform rural communities through strategic partnerships, data analytics and evaluation, and regulatory reform.

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Advancing Two-Generation Approaches: Integrating Data to Support Families

This report from the Annie E. Casey Foundations shares field-tested lessons on developing, adopting and refining integrated data systems to enhance two-generation work. Readers will learn how organizations can strengthen their data-collection capacity and, ultimately, improve their ability to serve children and parents at the same time. This report is part of a series that explores the common challenges organizations face when addressing the needs of children and parents at the same time.

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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


Putting the Support in Child Support

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 

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

Traditional child support enforcement often focuses on punishing “irresponsible” parents.   That approach can leave non-custodial parents with few resources to rebuild their lives and family relationships.  For most non-custodial parents, the ability to make consistent child support payments depends on having a job that children and families can depend on for economic stability and reducing poverty.  Hear from leaders in Colorado, North Dakota, and Washington about how they are trying less punitive approaches, recognizing that many parents want to support their children but do not have the resources or pathways

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

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

1:00 pm ET | 12:00 pm CT | 11:00 am MT |10:00 am PT

The Online Work Readiness Tool (OWRA) is a web-based tool funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance (OFA). The tool is organized into five modules that allow caseworkers to:  identify participants’ barriers to work; determine participants’ work skills and work readiness; link participants to pertinent development and work activities; use employment projections to align client interests with available jobs; and track and monitor participant activities. In this webinar, offered by OFA, presenters will share how their organizations use the Online Work Readiness Assessment (OWRA) tool to successfully move clients into employment by connecting them to a variety of resources and training opportunities tailored to their unique needs. Webinar participants can expect to gain direct insight on how to more effectively serve customers facing significant barriers to employment and lead them toward sustainable self-sufficiency.

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Becoming Data Centric Using a Whole Agency Data Approach

Wednesday, June 13

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

This webinar will focus on the benefits and challenges facing agencies who have begun to move to a data centric approach.  Some general ideas about establishing this approach will be provided.  Some case studies from the field will identify why they decided to make this move, what they changed and what they have observed in the process.

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Funding Opportunities


Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants Program

The Choice Neighborhoods program leverages significant public and private dollars to support locally driven strategies that address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Local leaders, residents, and stakeholders, such as public housing authorities, cities, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers, come together to create and implement a plan that revitalizes distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood. The program helps communities transform neighborhoods by redeveloping severely distressed public and/or HUD-assisted housing and catalyzing critical improvements in the neighborhood, including vacant property, housing, businesses, services and schools.

Deadline: June 12, 2018


The Communities Thrive Challenge

The Communities Thrive Challenge, a collaboration between The Rockefeller Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, is a $10M funding opportunity open to community-driven organizations that are working to expand economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities. With guidance from experts on social mobility and economic opportunity, we intend to fund, strengthen, and grow community-driven approaches that help low-income and financially insecure people find and retain well-paid and meaningful work, achieve financial security, or build economically vibrant neighborhoods.

Registration Deadline: June 14, 2018

Application Deadline: June 19, 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.