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Latest Publications from WPFP

Spring2014v2How States Can Reimagine and Reinvest in Work-Study to Help Low-Income Adults Pay for College, Enhance Their Academic Studies, and Prepare for Post-College Careers

There is strong evidence to suggest college students do better in school when they do not work long hours. However, today’s reality shows that many students cannot afford not to work as need-based financial aid fails to keep pace with rising tuition and cost of living.

This new state policy brief from The Working Poor Families Project examines the employment experiences of low-income adults in college and the work-study model. It also highlights promising state work-study programs that provide students with more meaningful work off campus and for higher pay. The brief notes that by directing more attention to this issue, WPFP and its state partners can promote state policies that address the financial needs of low-income students and improve their chances for postsecondary completion and employment.
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Low-Income Working Mothers and State Policy: Investing for a Better Economic Future

Despite an improving economy, the share of female-headed working families considered low-income continues to increase. A new report by The Working Poor Families Project finds there now are 4.1 million low-income families headed by working mothers struggling to support 8.5 million children.

According to the report, the persistence of the gender wage gap over the years is a key barrier to economic success for working women. In addition, relatively few low-income working mothers have the education and skills for higher-wage jobs. Women in low-wage jobs often do not receive benefits, which include health insurance, paid sick leave and wage protections.

The report describes the issue, and details state government policies and actions that can facilitate the economic advancement of low-income working women and their young children. The report notes that strong state policies will strengthen the economy and neighborhoods, and assist families striving to work their way into the middle class and achieve economic security.
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Strengthening State Policies for Working Families

Millions of American breadwinners work hard to support their families. But, despite their effort, almost one in three working families are mired in low-wage jobs that provide inadequate benefits and offer little opportunity for advancement and economic security. Compounding the problem are public policies that do not adequately prepare workers to advance to higher-skilled, higher-paying jobs or promote the creation of quality jobs.

The Working Poor Families Project (WPFP) was launched in 2002 by national philanthropic leaders who saw the need to strengthen state policies affecting these working families. This national initiative is now supported by the Annie E. Casey, Ford, Joyce and Kresge foundations. WPFP focuses on the states because their policies and investments critically affect the lives of working families.

The WPFP is active in 22 states and the District of Columbia. In each state the WPFP partners with one or more nonprofit organizations to strengthen state policies to better prepare America's working families for a more secure economic future.