June 2, 2023

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Hello Donna,

In partnership with Chapin Hall, we’re excited to announce the launch of a new, national Economic and Concrete Supports Community of Practice. This peer learning network will provide space to bring together state and local practitioners of public benefit programs that help meet families' basic needs with child welfare administrators to discuss how we operationalize ways to provide economic and concrete supports designed to keep families safely together and out of the child welfare system. Read our overview to learn more and register today. For questions, contact Kapria Lee, Project Associate for Child and Family Well-Being at APHSA.

Awards for the 2023 Economic Mobility & Well-Being Conference will be opening soon. Learn more about the various awards and their criteria on the conference website, and prepare to nominate someone deserving.

Legislative Updates

Debt Ceiling Bill Passes in the House and the Senate

Yesterday evening the Senate passed a deal to suspend the national debt ceiling limit through January 1, 2025, The bill is now expected to be signed into law by the White House. In exchange for a package of spending cuts and policy changes, including changes to work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). On May 31st, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3746, the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023. The Senate also passed the bill on June 1st on the heels of the passage in the House. You can access APHSA's summary of the relevant human services provisions below.

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Moving Human Services Upstream

COVID Investments in Child Care: Supporting Children, Families, and Providers

The ACF’s Office of Child Care released a report on COVID investments in child care. COVID child care relief funds stabilized the sector, lowered costs of care, increased compensation, created new child care slots, and increased provider payment rates.

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Child Nutrition Program Operations Report Released    

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Child Nutrition programs released a final report that describes trends in the participation of various food programs during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, including Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

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Advancing Social and Economic Mobility

Strengthening the Implementation of Responsible Fatherhood Programs (SIRF) Study

The ACF's Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) releases a final report on their use of learning cycles to strengthen fatherhood programs. Key findings included strengths and cautions about coaching techniques, as well as approaches to intake and peer mentoring that correlated with greater participation among fathers.

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Strengthening the Human Services Sector

OPRE Releases Race Equity Statement

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) releases its statement of commitment to incorporating racially equitable approaches into its research, evaluation, evaluation technical assistance and related data practices.

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Keep It Simple: Picking the Right Data Science Method to Improve Workforce Training Programs

A new OPRE brief, authored by MDRC, summarizes findings and recommendations from a study designed to measure and compare the added value of models used to predict participant success within career pathways programs. The study team aims to explore the tradeoffs of complex prediction models and whether they are worth it.

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Unemployment Insurance Email Template Kit from NJ Office of Innovation and Semicolon Design Group

This kit developed by the NJ Office of Innovation and Semicolon Design Group contains a collection of styles, components, and building blocks to quickly create action-forward emails for Unemployment Insurance programs. An email library of 50+ examples are also provided for users to get started. Users can customize with state logos and colors.

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Partner Events

Webinar: Meeting Today’s Talent Challenge

This webinar will feature leaders from USDOL-ETA and NASWA in a call for action to build organizational effectiveness and better leverage technology to drive innovation, efficiency, and enhanced value for system customers. Attendees will be introduced to the Workforce ITSC, including a framework for a successful digital transformation journey and advisory services.

June 26, 1 PM EST

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Southern Regional Tech to Gov Virtual Forum & Job Fair

Tech to Gov invites state and city governments in the southern region of the United States, as well as federal agencies that have offices in the south or with remote opportunities, to participate in its Southern Regional Tech to Gov Virtual Forum & Job Fair. Read the event's overview and register below before June 9.

July 13, 12:00 to 4:00 PM EST

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The European Social Services Conference

President and CEO of APHSA, Tracy Wareing Evans, will be a featured speaker at the European Social Services Conference this month in Malmö. She’ll help tackle issues such as how digital innovations can support social inclusion and autonomy.

June 14 to 16

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APHSA Career Center - Post Your Open Positions Today

APHSA serves as a clearinghouse for job opportunities throughout the Human Services sector. Employers reach a wide audience of candidates searching for careers and job seekers will find a number of opportunities throughout the country.

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