The following resources might be helpful to school districts and the community partners who work with them.
“Investing in Tomorrow: Helping Families Build Savings and Assets,” a new policy brief released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, offers four policy recommendations that could narrow the racial wealth gap. Many low-income families struggle to cover basic needs on their wages alone. As a result, many families are left with no savings to cover unexpected costs. Building assets allows families to build financial security necessary to thrive.
Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness: CCDF State Guide and CCDF Self-Assessment. The Ounce of Prevention Fund, together with the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), is pleased to share two new tools to assist states in utilizing the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan as a vehicle for advancing access to child care for children and families experiencing homelessness. Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness: CCDF State Guide, and its companion piece, the CCDF Self-Assessment, provide useful background information on child and family homelessness as it relates to early care and education, a summary of requirements of the CCDBG Act related to homelessness, and a summary of some of the opportunities available through the state CCDF Plan to improve access to this vital support for families who experience homelessness. The guide is organized according to the CCDF draft preprint that was released on September 14, 2015, and summarizes key policy and practice opportunities.