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COVID Response Project: Lessons Learned from State Adaptations and Federal Flexibilities
The COVID Response Project was funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to document the real-time impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on state human services agencies and capture state perspectives on lessons learned to guide future federal policymaking and state implementation. The project was completed by APHSA in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Regional Operations.
Funding Programs for Young Parents & Families
This APHSA brief provides a summary of potential federal funding sources and programs that can be used to support programs specifically targeted towards young families. While this list is not exhaustive, it highlights major sources that can serve as a starting point for braiding and blending of funding to create comprehensive programming to serve young families.
Designing Better Programs for Young Parents & Families: Insights from The Southeastern Cohort on Young Parents & Families
This report, co-authored by Third Sector and APHSA, highlights lessons learned from phase one of the Southeastern Cohort on Young Parents and Families, focused on interagency collaboration and community engagement.
Cornerstone for Resilient Communities and a Revitalized Economy: The Role of Human Services in Building Well-Being from the Ground Up
In this paper, intended to start initial and vital conversations with a new 2021 Administration and Congress during unprecedented times, APHSA shares how federal policymakers can help meet the most pressing needs of the nation while laying the necessary tracks for all communities to thrive.
Laying the Tracks for an Equitable Recovery and Long-Term Repair
This policy brief, which supplements our Cornerstone paper, outlines principles for an equitable recovery that redesigns systems to counteract long-standing structural barriers and advance race equity.
Changes in State TANF Policies in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
This brief, co-authored in partnership with The Urban Institute, describes how some state agencies adapted their policies during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic to meet their states’ and families’ unique situations, needs, and challenges.
Measuring What Matters: Shifting TANF to an Outcome-Based
This joint paper with the National Skills Coalition (NSC) suggests TANF shift to an outcomes-based accountability system where states are rewarded based on how successfully they assist TANF participants in earning in-demand job skills and gaining sustainable, family-supporting employment.
The New Economy and Child Care: Nonstandard-Hour Work, Child Care, and Child Health and Well-Being
Written in partnership with Mathematica, this report includes a series of recommendations for policymakers to better utilize child care assistance to mitigate any negative effects of work schedules on children’s health.