October 20, 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of The Connection, APHSA’s newsletter offering updates and resources pertaining to employment and economic well-being, child and family well-being, and H/HS integration.

We are excited to announce the premiere of our new podcast series, Our Dream Deferred: Fulfilling the Nation’s Promise. Our first episode features Anthony Barrows, a Managing Director at ideas42. We’ll be talking every Tuesday with brilliant minds from unexpected places, exploring the American dream that is still elusive for so many, and seeking a new way forward together. You can find us on Spotify, Apple, and your other preferred streaming platforms by searching for “Our Dream Deferred” or our podcast page here. Be sure to listen in, share widely, write us a review - and send us your feedback and questions!

APHSA is hosting a Twitter Chat on Friday, October 29, 2-3 PM ET, called The Final Push! Connecting Families to the Expanded Child Tax Credit, to promote the great resources that have been rapidly developed on the CTC. Follow #ChildTaxCreditChat and join in!
APHSA Updates
Join us for our next edition of our Leadership Corner series on Tuesday, November 16. In Advancing a Strong Social and Economic Future for Black and Brown Families in the South, we will learn with Renata Soto, a nationally recognized leader and champion for partnering with immigrant families and communities to realize a better social and economic future across generations. Renata will share her journey as an immigrant being Latina in the South, the search for belonging and what home means, and talk about her search to better understand U.S. history, the country’s origin story, and its legacy of slavery and racism. Complimentary registration here.

USDA Announces Intent to Establish an Equity Commission, Solicits Nominations for Membership, September 24, 2021 – The USDA is establishing an Equity Commission to review USDA programs, policies, and practices and make recommendations to the Department on how to address racism and inequities that create barriers to access. The Equity Commission Steering Committee Membership is looking for representatives with expertise in policy design and evaluation, organizational development, communications, civil rights, organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as those that represent community-based organizations, historical knowledge, and legal expertise.

The Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth - CAPE-Youth is conducting a group concept mapping (GCM) and interview process in an effort to strengthen service integrity and to align professional development efforts and resources across the myriad of systems serving youth and young adults with disabilities. Target audiences are professionals representing K-12/Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education, Career and Technology Education, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Workforce Systems, Credentialing Entities, Other Professional/Membership Organizations, and Other Youth Serving Agencies. Find out more and sign up to participate here.
Has COVID Disrupted the Postsecondary Pipeline? The Brookings Institution, 10/14/21
A 20-year Look at SNAP Participation and Costs, October 7, 2021 - This American Enterprise Institute report looks at the growth in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program participation and costs from 1999-2020. The report highlights key findings and implications from the SNAP program.

Approaches to Assisting Families Experiencing or At Risk of Homelessness with TANF Funds, October 15, 2021 - This brief from the Office of Planning Research & Evaluation (OPRE) details three approaches that TANF agencies may pursue to provide housing and related assistance to families experiencing homelessness.
Wednesday, October 27, 1:00 PM EDT

ACL Awards Two Research Grants on Parenting with a Disability, October 13, 2021 - The United States Administration for Community Living (ACL) has awarded two new research grants to help inform how to best support parents with a disability. One is a new Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) Program grant and the second is a Field Initiated Project (FIP) grant to Through the Looking Glass (TLG) from September 1, 2021, to August 31, 2024, with an anticipated total award of $600,000.

Submission for Review - NAC Recommendations and State Self-Assessment Survey - The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is requesting an extension to continue use of an existing information collection activity through The National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States (NAC) Recommendations and State Self-Assessment Survey.
Comparing Potential Demand for NTH Child Care and Planned Policies Across States, July 30, 2021 - a brief from the Urban Institute highlights data from 2015-19 on how states vary in their planned actions to increase access to nontraditional hour (NTH) care.

Assessing Child Care Subsidies through an Equity Lens: A Review of Policies and Practices in the Child Care and Development Fund, September 15, 2021 - A research report from the Urban Institute provides suggestions on the actions states can take to make their subsidies more equitable. The report addresses pressing questions on equity in the subsidy system, and then examines the policies shaping how the subsidy system addresses inequities in access to quality child care options.

TLP Pilot Study of a Randomized Controlled Trial: November 2016 to August 2017, September 2021 - This study from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) and Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) evaluates the Transitional Living Program (TLP), designed to assist homeless youth ages 16 to 21 with safe housing. This study evaluates 13 TLPs and 163 youth over a 10 month period on four key indicators.

Early Childhood Home Visiting Models: Reviewing Evidence of Effectiveness, October 2021 - This study from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) evaluates 50 Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomvEE)—Early childhood home visiting models, serving families with pregnant women and children from birth to kindergarten. This study covers models from 2012 to 2021 and assesses HomVEE's effectiveness in eight domains.

Social Equity In New Jersey Demands Appropriate Use of The ACE Study - The NJ ACEs Collaborative released this position statement outlining five areas of opportunities for further investigation and action: supporting parents and caregivers, providing training and professional development in trauma-informed care, promoting community awareness of ACEs, advancing policies and practices that help children and families thrive, and collecting, analyzing and sharing data and findings from research and practice.

Child Tax Credit Outreach Toolkit for Human Service Agencies, a toolkit offering sample messages and template materials to aid human service agencies in alerting beneficiaries who may not have automatically received their child tax credit payments from the IRS about where they can go to claim their credit. The toolkit contains call/recorded message (IVR) scripting, customizable text message and website copy, and client-facing FAQs.
Friday, October 22, 2:00 PM EDT

Tuesday, October 26, 1:00-3:00 PM EDT
Webinar - Dear Black Male - Child Welfare League of America (CWLA).

Wednesday, November 3, 1:00-3:00 PM EDT

Wednesday, November 17, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM MT 

Thursday, November 18, 1:00-2:30 PM EST

Homeowner Assistance Fund County-Level Targeting Data - This data set from the Urban Institute includes an assessment of foreclosure risk in several counties across the country. The dataset showcases homeowners’ demographic and income characteristics. Policymakers can leverage this data to better target Homeowner Assistance Fund dollars to the homeowners most in need.
Tuesday, November 2, 3:00-4:30 PM EST