WPFP State Partners’ Policy Accomplishments: 2002-2014
For the past 13 years, The Working Poor Families Project (WPFP) has supported state nonprofit organizations to strengthen state policies and practices on behalf of the nation’s 10.6 million low-income working families. This graphic analysis describes WPFP’s approach to working with its 23 state partners and depicts the cumulative results of these efforts: Approximately $7.6 billion in state investments have been generated or protected for low-income working families in these states.
WPFP’s support for this network of state partners ensures that an active and credible voice participates in critical state policy matters, thus building a foundation for the economic success of low-income working families.
Considering Two Generation Strategies in the States
Over the last few years, a new interest has emerged in anti-poverty strategies that provide both low-income parents and children resources to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and improve economic mobility. Thinking behind two-generation (2 Gen) strategies has shifted from a focus on children in the 1960s to a more complete focus on meeting the needs of an entire family in today’s society. Many 2 Gen policies and programs now start with the premise that what low-income families most need is access to a quality education, good jobs with benefits, and a full array of family services and supports.
This new state policy brief from The Working Poor Families Project examines opportunities for states to play a prominent role in the evolving 2 Gen movement. The brief gives a brief overview of the history of 2 Gen strategies in America, explores examples of states currently implementing the strategies, and offers recommendations to support and stimulate state-level efforts. The brief notes that because of its mission to strengthen state policies that help parents build family income through skills training, education, employment, and work supports, WPFP and its state partners are positioned to look at how parent-focused systems can better partner with other state programs to enhance the personal, social, and educational development of children and entire 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.
Job Opportunities Task Force
Priced Out: Making College More Affordable for Low-Income Marylanders (September 2014)
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