First 5 LA Names New Executive Director
First 5 LA recently announced its new executive director, Karla Pleitéz Howell, will start the job in January.
New Mexico Becomes the First State to Guarantee Early Education
This week, New Mexico voters approved a measure that will invest millions of dollars into public education, including dedicated funding for early education.
New York City Pledges New Investment in Foster Youth College Expenses
Upstream City: Policies that Scaffold Family Life
Despite promising headwinds in "upstream" investments, New York’s safety net remains difficult and time-consuming to access and full of holes, writes Nora McCarthy.
Los Angeles County Launches New Youth Development Department to Deter Crime
On Friday, Los Angeles County will launch its Department of Youth Development, amid criticism that investment in community-based efforts to keep young people out of the justice system has been too limited.
Will California Sidestep Federal “Work First” Welfare Rules?
California is trying to make its cash assistance program more flexible for low-income parents. Advocates say a federal rule is hindering that.
California Senator Proposes Checks for Low-income, Homeless High School Seniors
A California state senator wants to send no-strings-attached checks to homeless and low-income high school seniors.
Kansas House Rejects Bid to Eliminate Safety Net Hurdles; Senate May Add New Barrier
After Kansas lawmakers rejected a bill to expand access for food assistance in the House, the Senate is now considering a bill that would limit access.