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  • Individual Author: National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2012

    This tool provides information on free and low-cost healthy marriage and relationship education curricula that are research-based and suitable for integration into safety-net service delivery systems. For the purposes of this review, "low-cost" is defined as costing less than $300.00 for facilitator materials and up to 20 participants. (author abstract) 

    This tool provides information on free and low-cost healthy marriage and relationship education curricula that are research-based and suitable for integration into safety-net service delivery systems. For the purposes of this review, "low-cost" is defined as costing less than $300.00 for facilitator materials and up to 20 participants. (author abstract) 

  • Individual Author: White House Council for Community Solutions
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2012

    This toolkit takes users through four key stages to identify and define a program to provide disconnected youth with skills for employment and adulthood. During the first stage, employers take an assessment which will guide them to select one of three “lanes of engagement” (Soft Skills Development, Work Ready Skills Development, or Learn & Earn—see diagram on page 8 for definitions and examples of these lanes). The second stage takes employers through an exercise to define the scope of their company’s work with disconnected youth. The third stage guides users through a plan to build their company’s pilot program. The fourth stage sets employers up for ongoing program development and refinement so that they can transition their pilot to an ongoing program that delivers measurable value to the business and to participating youth. (author abstract)

    This toolkit takes users through four key stages to identify and define a program to provide disconnected youth with skills for employment and adulthood. During the first stage, employers take an assessment which will guide them to select one of three “lanes of engagement” (Soft Skills Development, Work Ready Skills Development, or Learn & Earn—see diagram on page 8 for definitions and examples of these lanes). The second stage takes employers through an exercise to define the scope of their company’s work with disconnected youth. The third stage guides users through a plan to build their company’s pilot program. The fourth stage sets employers up for ongoing program development and refinement so that they can transition their pilot to an ongoing program that delivers measurable value to the business and to participating youth. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Shirk, Martha; Bennett, Neil G.; Aber, J. Lawrence
    Reference Type: Book Chapter/Book
    Year: 1999

    In Lives on the Line, Martha Shirk, Neil G. Bennett, and NCCP Director J. Lawrence Aber meld affecting personal profiles with sophisticated demographic analysis to create a vivid portrait of what life is like for more than 14 million American children growing up below the poverty line. In personal profiles of ten families across the nation, from a Pacific Islander family in Hawaii to a homeless family in a wealthy New York City suburb, award-winning journalist Martha Shirk depicts the realities of life for children below the poverty line. She takes readers deep into the lives of families in poverty—lives sometimes marked by childhood abuse, parental loss, and long-term violence—and with each family explores their prospects for moving above the poverty threshold. Along the way, Shirk finds amazing resilience, resourcefulness, and strength of spirit in many of these poor families.

    Neil G. Bennett, Director of Demography for the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University (NCCP), shatters many commonly held stereotypes by analyzing Census Bureau...

    In Lives on the Line, Martha Shirk, Neil G. Bennett, and NCCP Director J. Lawrence Aber meld affecting personal profiles with sophisticated demographic analysis to create a vivid portrait of what life is like for more than 14 million American children growing up below the poverty line. In personal profiles of ten families across the nation, from a Pacific Islander family in Hawaii to a homeless family in a wealthy New York City suburb, award-winning journalist Martha Shirk depicts the realities of life for children below the poverty line. She takes readers deep into the lives of families in poverty—lives sometimes marked by childhood abuse, parental loss, and long-term violence—and with each family explores their prospects for moving above the poverty threshold. Along the way, Shirk finds amazing resilience, resourcefulness, and strength of spirit in many of these poor families.

    Neil G. Bennett, Director of Demography for the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University (NCCP), shatters many commonly held stereotypes by analyzing Census Bureau data to show which American children are most likely to be poor. He reports, for instance, that over 60 percent of poor young children have at least one employed parent, that most poor young children live in suburban or rural areas, and that a parent's graduation from high school is insufficient to insure against poverty. Among his most startling findings are that in the last two decades, the Young Child Poverty Rate grew significantly faster in the suburbs than in urban or rural areas, and that it grew much faster among whites than among blacks.

    J. Lawrence Aber, a nationally recognized expert in child development and social policy, describes the effects of poverty on child development and showcases proven strategies for preventing or reducing child poverty. He also shows us that it is in our national self-interest to address the problem of child poverty by making a smart investment in America's future.

    As a powerful portrait of the effects of poverty on America's children and families, Lives on the Line narrows the gap between “them” and “us.” It will change the way you think about the poor. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Bassi, Laurie J.; Lerman, Robert I.
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 1996

    Over the last two decades, Congress has passed several laws intended to increase the number and the amount of child support awards, as well as the capacity to collect these awards. Amendments to the Social Security Act in 1975, 1984, 1988, and 1993 mandated the development and use of award standards and expanded the tools for establishing paternity, establishing new child support awards, and collecting child support due to the custodial parent. If operated as intended, these new requirements will raise the level of support awards and the proportion of awards actually collected. However, the actual effects will depend on the responses to increased disincentives to report income and to make support payments. One disincentive arises from state guidelines that implicitly or explicitly create a direct link between child support obligations and income. Obligations thus become an "income tax" on the noncustodial parent's income—a tax that reduces the effective (i.e., after-tax) wage rate of that parent. When the child support "tax" is added to the other taxes (federal, state, and FICA...

    Over the last two decades, Congress has passed several laws intended to increase the number and the amount of child support awards, as well as the capacity to collect these awards. Amendments to the Social Security Act in 1975, 1984, 1988, and 1993 mandated the development and use of award standards and expanded the tools for establishing paternity, establishing new child support awards, and collecting child support due to the custodial parent. If operated as intended, these new requirements will raise the level of support awards and the proportion of awards actually collected. However, the actual effects will depend on the responses to increased disincentives to report income and to make support payments. One disincentive arises from state guidelines that implicitly or explicitly create a direct link between child support obligations and income. Obligations thus become an "income tax" on the noncustodial parent's income—a tax that reduces the effective (i.e., after-tax) wage rate of that parent. When the child support "tax" is added to the other taxes (federal, state, and FICA), many noncustodial parents face high marginal tax rates. Low income noncustodial parents face the highest rates— potentially in excess of 70 percent.'

    The second disincentive is that child support payments paid to custodial parents receiving a welfare payment go mainly to offset government welfare spending instead of raising the incomes of the children. Custodial parents receiving AFDC can keep only the first $50 in monthly child support payments, but the remaining support payments go to offset AFDC benefits. Because nearly all AFDC families also receive food stamps, the net gain can actually fall to $35 per month of the noncustodial parent's support payment. If the custodial parent receives only food stamps, the net income gain from the receipt of child support will be 70 percent of the actual payments. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Durana, Jamie
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2010

    This Municipal Action Guide (MAG) highlights opportunities for local governments and community-based organizations to promote financial access and education among immigrant residents. The MAG also identifies different types of financial literacy programs and their purposes. (author abstract)

    This Municipal Action Guide (MAG) highlights opportunities for local governments and community-based organizations to promote financial access and education among immigrant residents. The MAG also identifies different types of financial literacy programs and their purposes. (author abstract)

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