Economic Success for Working Families & Children - NALEO Educational Fund

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October 23-24, 2015 | Miami, FL


Building and maintaining strong communities is a critical responsibility of public officials. This task may be a challenging one as some communities and states have still not fully recovered from the recent recession and working families continue to face serious challenges as they work to provide for the needs of their families. 

 

The NALEO Educational Fund’s National Policy Institute on Economic Success for Working Families & Children will provide Latino state legislators with an opportunity to enhance their understanding of the different challenges facing working families and children in their communities and how they can creatively think about ways to boost economic success through a common sense agenda.  The policy institute is an excellent opportunity for state legislators to enhance their knowledge on these issues in a forum that promotes the discussion and analysis of federal and state policies; participants will also have the opportunity to share model initiatives and best practices on how to protect and advance an agenda that promotes family economic success. 


The Institute’s program will cover:


  • Achieving Family Economic Success
  • Using Federal and State Tax Credits as Tools for Achieving Family Economic Success
  • Workforce Development
  • Addressing the Needs of Working Families
  • Effective Messaging Strategies in Support of Working Families

Institute participants will learn more about these issues from national, regional and industry experts that will discuss the latest research, model programs, policy recommendations, and will also receive a communication/messaging training around these issues.

Sponsors


Convening Partners


Annie E. Casey Foundation


Anonymous Donor

Schedule


7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast


9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome Remarks & Program Overview



9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Session I:

Economic Success for Working Families & Children


Leaders across the country are finding, creating and embracing new opportunities to use their local resources in ways that generate better economic prospects for working families and children in their communities. Low-income working families are home to people of every age, gender, race, and ethnicity, they are also home to a third of the nation’s children. Economically secure families make economically secure cities, and states. Policymakers play a key role in helping to build and maintain strong communities. This session will highlight the latest data showing that over the last decade there has been a significant decline in the economic well-being of low-income families and children. It will also lay the groundwork for the Policy Institute by challenging policymakers to think creatively about ways to boost economic success for working families and children through a common sense agenda.

• Ms. Laura Speer, Associate Director, Policy Reform and Data, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Resources: 1 | 2

• Ms. Rosa Maria Castañeda, Senior Associate, Family Economic Success, Center for Working Families, The Annie E. Casey Foundation


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session II:

Workforce Development: Why Skills Matter


Work matters. For individuals, their ability to earn a living depends upon the skills they possess and the availability of jobs demanding those skills. In today’s economy, education and training beyond high school is the difference between poverty and family-sustaining careers. For individuals, being able to connect education, training, and careers has become key to employability and to attaining and maintaining middle class status. Over 63 percent of all job openings between 2008 and 2018 - will require at least some form of postsecondary education or training. In this session policymakers will receive an overview of economic trends and labor market data and how this impacts employers, workers and a state’s competitiveness.

• Ms. Brooke DeRenzis, Senior State Policy Analyst, National Skills Coalition
Presentation

• Ms. Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Senior Policy Analyst, National Skills Coalition

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Workforce Development: Why Skills Matter - Discussion

This session will build upon the previous session by allowing participants to further discuss the information presented and next steps for state action.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch


1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Session III:

Innovations and Promising Practices in State Policy: Sector Strategies, Career Pathways, Accelerated Learning, and State Investments


In recent years, promising strategies have emerged to help individuals of all skill levels and particularly those who are low-skilled to pursue, progress through, and complete the education and training they need to attain industry-recognized credentials and family-sustaining employment. To ensure our nation is on a path toward economic growth and prosperity, we need education and training policies that collectively prepare all Americans for participation in a skilled workforce that will help industries compete in the 21st century economy. This session will highlight what other states have done to address these challenges through promising practices and innovative policies that have helped build a skilled workforce to meet the needs of employers while helping workers gain the skills and credentials they need to be successful.

• Ms. Vickie Choitz, Associate Director, Economic Opportunities Program, The Aspen Institute
Presentation

• Ms. Brooke DeRenzis, Senior State Policy Analyst, National Skills Coalition

• Ms. Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Senior Policy Analyst, National Skills Coalition

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Break


3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Innovations and Promising Practices in State Policy:

Sector Strategies, Career Pathways, Accelerated Learning, and State Investments



3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks and Adjourn for the Day


6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Opening Reception and Celebration

In Honor of The Honorable Luz Weinberg and The Honorable Juan C. Zapata
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast


9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Session IV:

Using Federal and State Tax Credits as a Tool for Achieving Family Economic Success


Tax incentives are an important part of an asset-building strategy for low-income families that ultimately contributes to their financial stability and the economic viability of entire communities. Unfortunately, millions of eligible taxpayers still do not know that the credits exist, or do not know that they qualify. Achieving family economic success has been out of reach for many low-income families, especially Latino families, however, there are many tools available to help families move toward greater financial security. This session will focus on how the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Dependent Care, and Child Tax Credits can be used and expanded to promote the economic well-being of the most vulnerable families in our communities.



• Mr. Steve Holt, Principal, HoltSolutions
Presentation

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Break


11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Using Federal and State Tax Credits as a Tool for Achieving Family Economic Success

This session will build upon the previous session by allowing participants to further discuss the information presented and next steps for state action.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Luncheon


1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Session V:

Addressing the Needs of Working Families & Children


More than 48 million people including 23.9 million children, live in low income working families. Almost one in three working families are stuck in low-wage jobs that provide inadequate benefits and offer little opportunity for advancement and economic security. Achieving family economic success has to include a variety of strategies for securing adequate incomes, stabilizing finances, and workforce policies that support low income families. This session will provide an overview of various policy approaches to addressing the needs of working families and children.

• Ms. Christine Johnson-Staub, Interim Director, Child Care and Early Education, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Presentation | Resources: 1 | 2

• Ms. Jessica Bartholow, Legislative Advocate, Western Center on Law and Poverty
Presentation | Resources: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5


2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Break


2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Session VI:

Creating Key Messages in Support of Working Families & Children


As legislators work to support and advocate for the working families and children in their communities, effective messaging and outreach to various constituencies that are potential allies will be critical for success. This session will provide participants with tools and strategies for developing and delivering their message on family economic success in a clear, relevant and productive way.

• Ms. Elisa Batista, Campaign Director, MomsRising
Presentation

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Evaluations and Closing Remarks

Contact


213-747-7606

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