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Millions in Danger of Losing SNAP Benefits

The Brookings Institute recently did a deep-dive analysis of the 2018 Farm Bill and how it will affect the work requirements of Americans who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – formerly food stamps – benefits. The House version of the bill would expand work requirements and could cause close to 400,000 households to lose Read More

Early Education Degree Achievement Plan eliminates financial barriers to higher education for early childhood educators

Bright Horizons Family Solutions®  – a leading provider of high-quality early education and preschools, employer-sponsored child care, back-up care, educational advisory services and other work/life solutions – recently announced that it would provide free college tuition for all full-time employees in the company’s early education centers and preschools. Bright Horizon’s Early Education Degree Achievement Plan Read More

It’s Election Season! Tools to Support Electoral Advocacy

With the 2018 midterm election less than 70 days away, many electoral advocacy efforts are in full swing. There are many electoral activities that non-profit organizations CAN organize or engage in legally. Here are a few resources to help you reach out, take action, and bring your issue into the limelight. The Town Hall project Read More

ACS nominated for two Excellence in Advocacy Awards for State Issue Campaigns

Advocacy & Communication Solutions, LLC (ACS) is pleased to share that both its President Lori McClung and Vice-President Scarlett Bouder have been nominated for separate Excellence in Advocacy Awards. They join 20 other nominees in the Excellence in a State Issue Campaign award category, which is described as an effort wherein the advocate(s) successfully impacted Read More

Fueling Workforce Development through Local Philanthropy

The Philanthropy Roundtable is America’s largest network of donors united by desire to protect philanthropic freedom, uphold donor intents and strengthen the free society through charitable giving. Recently, the organization held its Better Skills, Better Jobs conference in Dallas – bringing together philanthropic organizations to discuss the role of philanthropy in workforce development. National Fund Read More

University Hospitals Extends Reach to Low-Income Neighborhoods

University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH, will launch an exciting medical-legal partnership (MLP) with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland this summer. It will open the doors to the Rainbow Center for Women and Children, serving two of Cleveland’s most underserved neighborhoods. Crain’s Cleveland Business wrote about the partnership, which is funded by Cleveland law firm Read More

Franklin County Child Care Providers to Meet Star-Rating Standards

As highlighted in a recent Columbus Dispatch article, Franklin County Department of Jobs and Family Services (FCDJFS) will spend more than $750,000 this year to train childcare providers in low-income communities through the Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) star rating system. This free training will allow providers to meet new state standards and maintain public Read More

Research Shows Intergenerational Benefits of Preschool

Many of us are familiar with the Perry Preschool or Abecedarian research that show the long-term impact that high-quality preschool can have on a child’s growth, development, and future. A new line of research goes deeper – beyond the children themselves – and looks at the impact of children whose parents received preschool education. This research, Read More

Understanding Infant Mortality

The New York Times recently wrote about a crisis that has plagued the United States for more than two centuries: Infant Mortality – specifically among African American mothers, who are more than twice as likely to lose a child during pregnancy or the first year of life than non-black women. Black infants die at a Read More

New study shows healthcare in families is inter-related: kids receive recommended care when parents are insured

A recent article in Managed Healthcare Executive Magazine highlights a new study by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that finds parental Medicaid enrollment is linked to an increase in pediatric well-child visits for children in low-income families. The study, published in Pediatrics, found that a parent being enrolled in Medicaid was associated with a Read More