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Administrative Burdens Create Barriers for Parenting Students

April 2023

In 2022, the Center for the Study of Social Policy and Project SPARC conducted research to better understand the barriers experienced by parenting students participating in CalWORKs, California’s cash assistance program for families with children. This brief highlights findings from the research about parenting students' experiences navigating complicated program rules and requirements, including paperwork. This administrative burden creates significant hurdles for parents as they work toward their educational certificates and degrees.

(6 pp)

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A Day in the Life of Parenting Students Who Participate in CalWORKs

April 2023

In 2022, CSSP partnered with the California Community Colleges CalWORKs Association’s Project SPARC (Student Parents Are Reimagining CalWORKs) to co-design research to better understand the barriers experienced by parenting students participating in CalWORKs, California’s cash assistance program for families with children. Together, SPARC leaders and CSSP conducted in-depth interviews with parenting students and community college campus CalWORKs staff, as well as surveyed over 600 parenting students. This video tells the story of how parenting students balance enormous responsibilities while navigating a range of public systems not designed for their families’ needs.

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Report

Michelle H., et al. v. McMaster Progress Report (April – September 2022)

March 2023

This is the 11th report on the progress of the South Carolina Department of Social Services in meeting the requirements of the Final Settlement Agreement.

Read the executive summary.

(146 pp)

 

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Michelle H., et al. v. McMaster Progress Report (Executive Summary April – September 2022)

March 2023

This is an executive summary of the 11th report on the progress of the South Carolina Department of Social Services in meeting the requirements of the Final Settlement Agreement.

Read the full report here.

(10 pp)

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Policy Paper

The Biden Administration’s Budget Recognizes Investments in Families Are Long Overdue: Now Let’s Get To Work

March 2023

In its annual budget released in March 2023, the Biden administration once again proposed critical investments in families, including restoring the Child Tax Credit, establishing a national paid family and medical leave program, and expanding access to high quality child care and early education. This fact sheet shares how the Biden administration's proposals reflect what Black, Indigenous, and Latinx parents and caregivers have told us that they need.

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Brief

Supporting Young Adults through a Guaranteed Income (Two-Pager)

February 2023

Young adults ages 18 to 25 are in a critical transition period as they set up their career paths, establish families of their own, and navigate newfound financial responsibilities. It is crucial to invest in this moment so that young people have what they need to thrive and to support their contributions to their families and communities. This two-pager offers top takeaways from Supporting Young Adults through a Guaranteed Income.

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Report

Supporting Young Adults through a Guaranteed Income

February 2023

A prosperous society depends on ensuring that all young people can pursue their goals and thrive, and so it is crucial to invest in this moment both to make sure young people have what they need to thrive and to support their contributions to the lives of their families and communities. However, many young adults—whose earnings are typically low in this period—have trouble meeting basic needs and face systemic barriers and discrimination that exclude them from crucial resources and supports. This report presents the case for a guaranteed income to support young adults. 

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The DULCE Approach to Setting Goals with Families of Infants

January 2023

CSSP engaged in a 12-month planning and implementation project focused on developing and pilot testing a collaborative goal setting process for families of infants that is derived from goal concordant care. This paper describes the initial success of this endeavor, including a description of and guidelines for the collaborative goal setting process, initial findings from pilot testing of the process, reflections about participants' experience of the  process, and a list of draft training and technical assistance tools.

(19 pp)

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Youth Thrive Alive! Forum: Activate Tools for 2023 and Beyond January

January 2023

In 2022, Youth Thrive created new, dynamic tools and resources that youth-serving agencies and organizations can use to understand adolescent development and promote youth well-being. In this webinar, we showcased the latest tools and resources, including the Social Connections Module, co-developed by Dr. Julie Radlauer-Doerfler, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Collectively.

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Youth Thrive Video Series (Combined)

January 2022

This resource is a combined version of the three animation videos that includes Youth Thrive Overview, The Five Protective and Promotive Factors, and Youth Thrive Changing Perspectives.