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Working Families: A Legislator's Toolkit

A LEGISLATIVE MESSAGE

FamilyAt the beginning of the new millennium, a team of Iowa legislators and staff began addressing the needs of families where families begin: with children. They focused their efforts by asking a fundamental question: What is the cost of family failure?

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2014 LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT

NewsLearn more about how states are addressing poverty, child wellbeing and grade level reading issues by viewing resources and recordings from the Legislative Summit below.

STATE ACTION MAP

Interactive mapThis map shows the states that have attended the Opportunities for Working Families Leadership Forum since 2003. Click on the map to go to the page that displays a full interactive map that will allow you to see a state's action plan, participants and legislative actions resulting from the meeting.

 

 

 

 

EARNED INCOME TAX CREDITS

NewsLearn more about federal and state EITCs and what public and private sector efforts are underway to help families keep more of their hard earned money.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

JobsStates have employed an array of strategies to upgrade the skills of workers and to create jobs. Browse these NCSL workforce and economic development resources to learn more.   

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OVERVIEW | WORKING FAMILIES

Half of all American's cannot get $2,000 in thirty days. That means that many people are a major car repair or an unexpected medical bill away from a financial crisis. The vast majority of families—82.2 percent in 2008—have at least one member who works. Yet, despite their efforts, many of these families face significant challenges to achieving their goal of economic security.

Since 2002, The National Conference of State Legislatures / Annie E. Casey Foundation Partnership on Family Economic Success has assisted legislators who want to create more opportunities for working families to succeed.   

Learn more about working families issues at NCSL.
 

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  • Individual Development Accounts for Foster Youth

    Nearly 26,000 young people "age out" of the foster care system annually, which means that between the ages of 18 and 21 they lose most or all public support. Individual development accounts—matched savings accounts—for foster youth aim to help participants transition out of care and into adulthood.

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