Innovations Abound to Advance Family Prosperity
The Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community Phase II sought to find and foster the most effective and innovative strategies to accelerate social and economic mobility for working families with low incomes. To do so, we elevated the voices and expertise of families with lived experience, were guided by 14 advisors, and we brought together 20 of the top policy change and community-based organizations from across the country to work alongside one another and besides families to remove barriers that keep them from reaching their full potential.
Our work could not have happened at a more vital time. We kicked off in 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic , as our society’s longstanding inequities both intensified and became more visible. Over two years, our cohort of experts worked within their communities and collaboratively with their peers to tackle issues such as access to paid leave, the child care crisis and its compounding effects on the workforce, the fallout from benefits cliffs when families’ earnings increase, and much more.
One thing is clear: we do not need families to be doing more, we need to be doing more for and with families. Parents and caregivers in families with low incomes are doing everything within their power to create the best future for themselves and their children. Across sectors and as a society, it is our collective responsibility to value and support the parents and caregivers who are essential to our workforce and communities. The pandemic was a stark reminder of their invaluable contributions to our economy and well-being as a society. Together, we must innovate and invest in a future where all children and families thrive and reach their full potential.
The 34 tools and resources curated from Phase II of Family Prosperity reflect a wide and diverse range of proven solutions – from targeted guaranteed income programs to on-the-job-training to cross-sector partnerships – and represent the possibilities when we build actionable solutions with people with different perspectives and truly center the voices and recommendations of families. Phase II revealed the power and opportunities that exist when centering family well-being in systems and structures.
We hope this new compendium, Innovations Abound: Tools and Resources from the Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community, helps you in your role to seed and sustain prosperity for children and families.
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- Agape Child and Family Services
- All Our Kin
- American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
- Baystate Medical Center, Inc.
- Center for Public Justice
- Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.
- Cross Purpose
- Family Values @ Work
- Family and Workforce Centers of America (FWCA)
- Jobs with Justice Education Fund
- Legal Aid at Work
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- National Partnership for Women & Families
- Nationwide Children’s Hospital
- Partnership for Community Action (PCA)
- Springboard to Opportunities
- StreetCred at Boston Medical Center
- United Neighborhood Houses
- UTEC, Inc.
- Gina Adams
- Dr. Rohini Anand
- Albert Fuller
- Jesús Gerena
- Sarita Gupta
- Sara Horowitz
- Dr. Jerreed Ivanich
- Vicki Shabo
- Dr. Eldar Shafir
- Dr. Howard Stevenson
- Dr. Jennifer Sullivan
- Lorelei Vargas
- Dr. Sarah Watamura
- Dr. Joseph Wright
- Dwayne Meeks
- Kimberly Mitchell
- Charnae Easton
- George Davis V
- Kevin Ryder
- Yesenia Ruiz
- Carolina Salas
- Nadia Inzunza
- Jacqueline Monsanto
- Sequaya Coleman
- Miggz Trussell
- Elizabeth Newton
- Veronica Avalos
- Evelyn Ramos
- Rebecca Flores