Fresh Finds – July 12, 2018

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


A Head Start on Treating Our Nation’s Opioid Epidemic

This new policy white paper released by the National Head Start Association is a product of a national opioid working group of Head Start practitioners—focuses on how Head Start programs are addressing opioid and substance misuse in their communities, and sheds light on how core elements of Head Start such as parent engagement, community-driven design, and whole child/family approach make programs nationwide uniquely positioned to help children and families impacted by this crisis. The white paper specifically profiles two Head Start programs that have adapted very differently to meet their community needs, and puts forth the working group’s agreed-upon recommendations.

Click here to read the full report.

State TANF Policies a Graphical Overview of State TANF Policies as of July 2016

This brief provides a graphical overview of selected state policy differences for TANF cash assistance. The Welfare Rules Database (WRD), a database maintained by the Urban Institute and funded by the OPRE and ACF, provides the information for this brief. The paper discusses policies related to initial eligibility, benefit amounts, and ongoing eligibility. Additional information about the resources the WRD offers is also included.

Click here to access this report

Accelerating 2Gen Practices at Educare

This brief from Aspen Ascend discusses early childhood programs have proven to be strong platforms for two-generation (2Gen) approaches. Over the last three years, the Educare Learning Network and Buffett Foundation supported four dynamic Educare sites around the country in exploring and advancing 2Gen approaches. Learn about the goals of this effort, key components of their implementation efforts, and opportunities and challenges. This brief also offers recommendations for other early childhood programs interested in the 2Gen approach.

Click here to access this report

New Federal Opportunities to Advance Two-Generation Approaches to Improving the Lives of Children and Parents

Because of recent legislation passed in February and March of this year, the federal government will be providing significant new funding to state and local governments in 2018 and future years through an array of programs serving low-income children and parents. These new funding streams, and the legislations’ increased focus on improving outcomes using evidence-based approaches, create a remarkable opportunity for path-breaking governors and local leaders to transform how government tackles intergenerational poverty. By weaving together new and existing funding streams, they can pursue aggressive two-generation (2Gen) system reforms that create more efficient ways to improve economic security, education, health, and well-being for low-income parents and children.

Click here to read the full report

Click here to access the slides from recent webinar


Understanding the Minimum Wage: Implications for Workers, Employers, and Communities

Thursday, August 9, 2018

2:00PM-3:00PM ET

How do changes in the minimum wage affect individuals, families, employers and the economy? Today, the U.S. economy continues to grow and the unemployment rate remains low. Wage growth, however, remains slow for much of the labor force. The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 an hour since 2009. The combination of job growth and wage stagnation has led many localities to increase their minimum wage. Don’t miss hearing from economists and research experts on what we know about minimum wage increases and their effects on workers, low-income families, employers, and state/local economies

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Funding Opportunities

Rural Communities Opioid Response Initiative

The Department of Health and Human Resources has released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the new Rural Communities Opioid Response initiative for FY 2018. Awards will be made of approximately 75 grants through this funding opportunity, with successful awardees receiving up to $200,000 for one year to develop plans to implement opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions designed to reduce opioid overdoses among rural populations.

Applications are due: July 30, 2018

Click here to access resources to support your application.