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Below is a list of sessions from past meetings, including links to a selection of handouts and presentations given by our speakers.  Links to past meetings are located in the blue column under Table of Contents.

Click here to view meeting agendas from 2012 and 2013. 

About The Forums
Since 2003, the NCSL/AECF Partnership on Family Economic Success has held an annual meeting to give lawmakers a chance to convene with their colleagues and discuss solutions to the challenges faced by low-income working families.  Participants hear from leading experts and practitioners, who offer a look at some of the ways legislators can take the lead when it comes to helping families help themselves.  

The meeting's format is geared towards problem solving.  Each year, NCSL invites the leadership from 10 states to send small teams of legislators to the forum.  Each state team meets periodically between plenary sessions, designing an action plan that addresses some of the issues impacting low-income families in their home state.  NCSL staff and faculty are on hand to provide assistance throughout the meeting, especially during the state strategy sessions.

Over the years, participants have overwhelmingly approved of the meeting's action-oriented format.

"I generally tend to avoid conferences because most are ineffective and time consuming, but this one was quick moving, informative and will lead to results," said one legislator who has attended multiple times.

"My colleagues and I returned from that meeting with a strong sense of purpose," said another from a state that consistently sends bipartisan teams - a goal of conference organizers."

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2011

Opportunities for Working Families in Tight Budget Times
June 9-11, Denver, CO

SESSION

 RESOURCES

Program Overview and Colorado Welcome 

Representative Amy Stephens, Majority Leader, Colorado              
Mary Fairchild, NCSL, Colorado
                       

Listen to Session Audio 

Learn more about the NCSL Working Families Project.

Opportunities for Working Families: A Common Sense Agenda

Ralph Smith, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Maryland

Learn more about the Annie E. Casey Foundation and their work on Family Economic Success.

JOBS: Matching Skills with Employer Demand

Mary Fairchild, NCSL, Colorado
Eric Seleznow, National Skills Coalition, Washington, D.C.

Listen to Session Audio

The Future of State Workforce Policy in a Changing Federal and State Environment

State Team Time: What to Expect

Representative Jeannie Darneille, Washington


Listen to Session Audio

Learn more about Washington's accomplishments.

Earned Income Tax Credit

Rochelle Finzel, NCSL, Denver
Mary Fairchild, NCSL, Denver
Ellen Evans, Intuit, Washington, D.C.
Douglas Luke, University at Buffalo, New York

Listen to Session Audio

Tax Credits for Working Families: Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Intuit & Earned Income Tax Credit

Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC): VITA Grant Program

EOC Facts
EOC Overview of Services

Doorways to Dreams

Delegate John Olszewski, Jr., Maryland

Timothy Flacke, Doorway to Dreams, Massachusetts
 

Listen to Session Audio

Innovations in Saving: Implications for State Policy
Prize-Linked Savings D2D Policy Update

Results First: Public Investments in Programs that Work

Representative Jeannie Darneille 
Gary Van Landingham, Pew Center for the States, Washington, D.C.

Listen to Session Audio

Results First: Strengthening State Policymaking through Cost-Benefit Analysis

Pay for Success/Social Impact Bonds

Christa Velasquez, Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Massachusetts
William Pinakiewicz, New England Nonprofit Finance Fund, Massachusetts
Steve Rothschild, Invest in Outcomes, Minnesota

Listen to Session Audio

Nonprofit Finance Fund: An Introduction to Social Impact Bonds and Pay-for-Success Financing
Invest in Outcomes: Human Capital Performance Bonds (HUCAP)
Social Impact Bonds Overview
Social Impact Bond Model
Maryland Social Impact Bonds
Minnesota Social Impact Bonds
Role of Nonprofit Finance Fund in the Social Impact Bond/Pay for Success 

Public/Private Partnerships to End Hunger in America

Sheri Steisel, NCSL, Washington, D.C.
Darlene Barnes, USDA, Denver
Monica Buhlig, Kaiser Permanente, Denver

 

Listen to Session Audio

NCSL Hunger Partnership
Federal Nutrition Programs
Data to Inform Anti-Hunger Efforts in States
     USDA.gov - Food and Nutrition Services
The Benefits of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
USDA Food and Nutrition Service Contacts
Understanding Poverty Guidelines

A Path Forward: Programs and Policies that Work


Sheri Steisel, NCSL, Washington, D.C.
Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.


Listen to Session Audio                                                

Opportunities for Working Families in Tight Budget Times

2010

Opportunities for Working Families in Tight Budget Times
June 28-29, Denver, CO

SESSION

 RESOURCES

Opportunities for Working Families: A Common Sense Agenda

Ralph Smith, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Maryland

Listen to Session Audio

Learn more about the Annie E. Casey Foundation and their work on Family Economic Success.

The Role of Workforce and Economic Development in Preparing for 21st Century Jobs

Ken Poole, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, Virginia

Listen to Session Audio

Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness
National Fund for Workforce Solutions

State Team Time: What to Expect

Senator Amanda McGill, Nebraska

Listen to Session Audio

Learn more about Nebraska's accomplishments.

Getting the Most for Your Money: Public Investments in Programs that Work
 

Steve Aos, Washington Institute for Public Policy, Washington,

 

Listen to Session Audio

Evidence-Based Programs and Policies:

Picking Them, Passing Them, Doing Them, and

Holding Them Accountable

Maximizing Public Investments
 

Sheri Steisel, NCSL, Washington, D.C.
Chauncy Lennon, The Ford Foundation, New York                

Elaine Zimmerman, Commission on Children, Connecticut

 

Listen to Session Audio

Improving Work Supports Access and Retention

TANF Emergency Contingency Funds
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Earned Income Tax Credits

Child Poverty Legislation

Children in Recession Legislation
Children in Recession Report

Innovative Policies to Improve College Access and Success
 

Brenda Bautsch, NCSL, Denver

Listen to Session Audio

The Path to a Degree: Policies to Improve

College Access and Success

Legislator Panel: Ideas to Action
 

Representative Jeannie Darneille, Washington

Delegate John Olszweski, Maryland

Read more about Washington and Maryland's accomplishments.

Trends in Early Childhood Care
 

Julie Poppe, NCSL, Colorado   

Representative Ruth Kagi, Washington

Learn more about early education and care from NCSL.

Health Reform in a Nutshell
 

Martha King, NCSL, Colorado

Major Access Provisions of the Affordable Care Act

Doorways to Dreams
 

Timothy Flacke, Doorway to Dreams, Massachusetts               

Innovations in Saving Implications for State Policy

2009

Opportunities For Working Families
June 26-27, Denver, CO

SESSION

 RESOURCES

Opportunities for Working Families: A Common Sense Agenda
 

Bonnie Howard, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Maryland

Learn more about the Annie E. Casey Foundation and their work on Family Economic Success.

Preparing a 21st-Century Workforce
 

Julian Alssid, Workforce Strategies Center, New York
Sarah White, Center on Wisconsin Strategy, Wisconsin
 

Listen to Session Audio

Workforce Strategies Center
Greener Pathways: Jobs and Workforce Development in the Clean Energy Economy

Assets: The Key to Family Economic Success
 

Heather McCulloch, Asset Building Strategies, California,
Cynthia Winter, Neighborhood Partnership Fund, Oregon
Senator James Seymour, Iowa
 

Listen to Session Audio

Building the Financial Security of Working Families: State Asset Policy
Individual Development Account Initiative

Financial Services for Low and Middle-Income Americans
 

Kimberly Gartner, Center for Financial Services Innovation, Illinois
 

Listen to Session Audio

Financial Services for Low and Middle Income Americans

Federal Update: A Focus on Poverty
 

Sheri Steisel, NCSL, Washington, DC

Listen to Session Audio

ARRA "Strengthening Communities Fund - State, Local, and Tribal Government Capacity Building Program"

Innovations Panel
 

Chris Gibbons, City of Littleton Office of Business/Industry Affairs, Colorado

Anne Stuhldreher, The New America Foundation, California

Listen to Session Audio

Economic Gardening Video
What is Bank on California?
Bank on San Francisco

Maximizing Public Investments in Tight Budget Times
 

Kathy McGuire, Office of Policy Analysis and Government Accounting (OPPAGA), Florida

Arlene Lee, Center for the Study of Social Policy, Washington, D.C.

 

Listen to Session Audio

Identifying Effective Programs Through Legislative Evaluation
Results-based Public Policy™: Using Results To Develop Public Policy, In Good and Bad Economic Times

Doorways to Dreams
 

Timothy Flacke, Doorway to Dreams, Massachusetts
 

Listen to Session Audio 

Innovations in Saving Implications for State Policy

2008

Opportunities For Working Families
June 16-17, Denver, CO

SESSION

 RESOURCES

Opportunities for Working Families: A Common Sense Agenda
 

Ralph Smith, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Maryland

Learn more about the Annie E. Casey Foundation and their work on Family Economic Success

Assets: The Key to Family Economic Success
 

Rourke L. O'Brien, New America Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Representative Jeanne Darneille, Washington

Assets: The Key to Family Economic Success

Health Care for Low-Income Families
 

Laura Tobler, NCSL, Denver

Learn more about health care in the states at NCSL

Building a 21st Century Workforce
 

Mary Gershwin, Leaders for Skills, Colorado

Collie Langworthy Hutter, Click Bond, Inc., Nevada

Developing a 21st Century Workforce

State Policy to Support Low-Income Students
 

Joni Finney, National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, California; and the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania 

Helping Low-Income Students Enroll and Succeed in Higher Education

Effective Legislative Approaches to Poverty
 

Elizabeth Kneebone, The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.

Representative Mary Lou Dickerson, Washington

Senator James Seymour, Iowa

The Importance of the EITC to Low-Income Workers and Their Families

Doorways to Dreams
 

Peter Tufano, Harvard Business School, Massachusetts

Learn more about the Doorways to Dreams Fund

2007

Opportunities For Working Families
June 10-12, Denver, CO

Click here to listen to selected speakers from the 2007 Meeting

SESSION

 RESOURCES

Assets: The Key to Family Economic Success

Heather McCulloch, Asset Building Strategies (CA)          

Promoting Economic Security for Working Families: State Asset Building Policies

The Role of Community Organizations

Angela Duran, Southern Good Faith Fund (AR)  

Building Communities, Changing Lives

Small Business Development for Low Income Entrepreneurs

Chuck Palmer, Institute for Social and Economic Development (IA)

Restarting Rural Economic Engines: Get Your Goat Here

Read more about low-income entrepreneurs at CFED

Building a 21st Century Workforce

Mary Gershwin, Center for Workforce Success (CO)

The Skills Gap: Myth or Reality?
The Demand For Skills: What will it take to address it?

Avoiding the Money Trap: Financial Education & Services
 

Jessica LeVeen Farr, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (GA)

Chuck Shannon, United Way of America (CO)

Accessing the Financial Mainstream: The Role of Financial Services and Education

Financial Stability

The High Cost of Being Poor
 

Matt Fellowes, Brookings Institution, (DC)

Access more of Matt's work at Brookings

2006

Opportunities For Working Families
June 11-13, Denver, CO

SESSION

 RESOURCES

Public-Private Partnerships in Workforce Development
 

Dr. Keith Bird, Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KY)

Career Pathways as a Strategy to Advance Low-Wage Workers: The Kentucky Experience

Economic Development in Today's World
 

Bob Friedman, CFED (DC)

Access more of Bob's work at CFED

Asset Building: Initiatives & Strategies
 

Heather Tyler, Pennsylvania Department of Banking (PA)

Barbara Danbom, Young Americans Bank of Denver (CO)

Jeffrey Lubell, Center for Housing Policy (DC)

PA Department of Banking: Special Initiatives

Young Americans Center For Financial Education  
Asset Building as a Framework

Welfare to Work: State Responses to TANF Changes
 

Jack Tweedie, NCSL (CO)

Learn more about states and welfare reform at NCSL

Promising Approaches in Health Care
 

Oxana Golden, National Child Care Information Center (CO)

Improving the Quality of Early Care and Education Programs

Prognosis for the Uninsured
 

Laura Tobler, NCSL (CO)

Learn more about health care in the states at NCSL

Family Economic Success: Rural Areas are Important Too
 

Miriam Shark, Annie E. Casey Foundation (MD)

Strengthening Rural Families

2005

Helping Working Families in Tight Budget Times
July 14-16, Chicago, IL

SESSION

 RESOURCES

Building Assets for Low Income Working Families

Representative Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania Task Force on Working Families (PA)

Heather McCulloch, Asset Building Strategies (CA)

Dory Rand, Sergeant Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (IL)

PA Dept. of Banking Task Force on Working Families

Promoting Economic Security for Working Families

State Asset Building Initiatives

The Role of Workforce and Economic Development in Preparing for 21st Century Jobs

Ken Poole, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, Virginia

Rural America: Challenges & Opportunity

Roger Thomas, Former Chair, NCSL Agriculture & Rural Development Committee (KY)

Learn more about Agriculture and Rural Development in the states at NCSL

Assets & Opportunity: Hope for Families

Lillian 'Beadsie' Woo, CFED (NC)

Dorie Rosenband, SmithBarney (IL)

Beth Llewellyn, Partnership for Homeownership, Inc (IL)

Financial Security Across the States

State Budget Outlook: Implications for Low-Income Working Families

Senator Donne E. Trotter, Chairman, Senate Appropriations Committee (IL)

Ron Snell, NCSL (CO)

Learn more about state budgets at NCSL

Health Care for Low-Income Families

Laura Tobler, NCSL (CO)

Learn more about health care in the states at NCSL

 

After Welfare Reform: Are Families Better Off?

Bruce Meyer, University of Chicago (IL)

Access more of Bruce's work at the University of Chicago

Family Resource Simulator

Nancy Cauthen, National Center for Children & Poverty, Columbia University (NY)

Access the simulator at the National Center for Children & Poverty

Workforce Development: A Cornerstone of Family Economic Success

Burt Barnow, Johns Hopkins University (DC)

The Workforce Investment Act in Eight States: Briefing on the Final Report

2004

Helping Working Families in Tight Budget Times
June 17-20, Philadelphia, PA 

SESSION

 RESOURCES

Achieving Self-Sufficiency By Building Assets
 

Carl Rist, CFED (NC)

Sharmain Matlock-Turner, Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition (PA)

Access more of Carl's work at CFED

Read more about Philadelphia's Urban Affairs Coalition

Affordable Housing: Achieving the American Dream
 

Peter Beard, Fannie Mae Foundation (DC)

Read more about affordable housing and community development at Fannie Mae

 

Child Care & Transportation
 

Harriet Dichter, United Way of Pennsylvania (PA)

Matt Sundeen, NCSL (CO)

Learn more about transportation for low-income families at NCSL

 

Workforce Development
 

Jennifer Noyes, The Hudson Institute (WI)

What Legislators Need to Know about Workforce Development

 

Performance Based Budgeting: Achieving Results
 

Gary VanLandingham, Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability (FL)

Learn more about performance based budgeting in the states at NCSL

2003

Helping Working Families in Tight Budget Times
June 5-8, Seattle, WA

SESSION

 RESOURCES

Achieving Financial Security By Building Assets
 

Carl Rist, CFED (NC)

Stella Chao, International District Housing Alliance (WA)

Access more of Carl's work at CFED

Read more about the International District Housing Alliance

 

Job Retention & Advancement
 

Fred Keller, Chairman & CEO, Cascade Engineering (MI)

Robin Arnold-Williams, Utah Department of Human Services (UT)

Moving to Self-Sufficiency: It Works

Improving Outcomes for TANF Families in Utah

 

Improving Access to Health Care: Partnerships & Community-Based Solutions

 

Laura Tobler, NCSL (CO)

Learn more about health care in the states at NCSL

 

State Legislative Approaches to Helping Families in Tight Budget Times
 

Corina Eckl, NCSL (CO)

Learn more about state budgets at NCSL

 

Achieving Positive Outcomes for Vulnerable Families & Neighborhoods
 

Eldon Mulder, Legislative Consultants (AK)

Roxanne Lieb, Washington Institute for Public Policy (WA)

Missions and Measures: Results Based Budgeting

 

 

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