Valuing All Our Families: Progressive Policies that Strengthen Family Commitments and Reduce Family Disparities
Stable, healthy marriages and relationships can bolster the economic security and well-being of adults and children. Too often, however, national debates about the family have been limited to arguing the merits of married versus single parenthood, or “traditional” families versus “alternative” ones. An underlying assumption often seems to be that these are static forms into which children are born and remain until they leave home.
It is time to move beyond the simple binaries that tend to structure public debate in this area. Please join the Center for American Progress for an event to release a report that offers a new framework for understanding family indicators that can influence child and adult outcomes and policy recommendations that support stable and healthy relationships and economic security for all families.
In order to ensure the 21st century workforce has flexible and new paths to employment, it is time to reimagine the types of credentials that people earn. While the college bachelor’s degree will remain a mainstay of the U.S. economic engine, there are other types of credentials that can help workers learn skills that help them enter the workforce quickly or progress in their career. Some employers and institutions are using innovative curriculum designs to offer nanodegrees that give workers skills and the opportunity to earn a wage premium while not requiring them to be out of the workforce for a prolonged time. These credentials will allow workers and students to design a program of study that matches the modern economy.
The Center for American Progress will discuss innovative programs to reimagine the way that students earn postsecondary credentials. A recent CAP report examined stackable credentials that could dramatically increase the number of students who successfully complete college by allowing them to move between education and work while amassing credentials that build upon each other. A panel will discuss these emerging approaches to program design.
One Strike and You’re Out: How to Remove Barriers to Economic Mobility for Americans with Criminal Records
Between 70 million and 100 million - or as many as one in three Americans - have some type of criminal record. Many have only minor offenses; some have only arrests without conviction. Yet having even a minor criminal history now carries lifelong barriers that can stand in the way of basic necessities such as employment and housing. This has broad implications—not only for the millions of individuals who are prevented from moving on with their lives and becoming productive citizens, but also for their families, communities, and the nation's economy.
Join the Center for American Progress for a conversation about how mass incarceration and hyper-criminalization have become a major driver of poverty and inequality and what can be done to remove obstacles to economic security and mobility for people with criminal records. At this event, CAP will release a new report that explores how a criminal record serves as a barrier to employment, housing, public assistance, education and training, and more, as well as recommendations to ensure that Americans with criminal records have a fair shot at making a decent living, providing for their families, and joining the middle class.
We are in the midst of a critical moment on the road to reaching a new international climate agreement at the 2015 U.N. climate change conference in Paris. Over a span of four weeks, the Obama administration is seeking to capitalize on the opportunities—and avoid the pitfalls—presented by the historic joint announcement of U.S.-Chinese post-2020 domestic climate goals; the imminent round of climate negotiations in Lima, Peru; the annual Montreal Protocol negotiations in Paris; the Green Climate Fund’s pledging conference in Berlin; and more.
To shed light on this network of intersecting events, the Center for American Progress is hosting a conversation with the person at the center—as well as on the front lines—of the Obama administration’s international climate strategy: U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern. We are pleased to invite you to what will be a timely and lively conversation at this vital moment in international climate diplomacy and action.
Please join Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Gov. Ted Strickland from the Center for American Progress for a conversation on the upcoming open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace. As open enrollment approaches, the evidence tells us that in terms of affordability, access, and quality, the Affordable Care Act is working—and families, businesses, and taxpayers are better off as a result. Secretary Burwell will provide an overview of the department's efforts to enroll Americans in quality, affordable health coverage through the marketplace and to ensure that the millions of Americans who are enrolled in the first open enrollment period re-enroll for coverage in 2015.
This event is co-sponsored by Community Catalyst, Enroll America, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Service Employees International Union.
Career-focused education programs, often run by for-profit colleges, are eligible to participate in federal student-aid programs with the expectation that they help students achieve meaningful employment after graduation. Left unchecked, some institutions have taken advantage of students by promising gainful postgraducation employment but leaving them buried in debt and with no job prospects. To improve accountability, the Obama administration has undertaken a multiyear effort to define what it means for an educational program to lead to gainful employment. The purpose of this regulation is to create better value for students who enroll in career education and ensure that the system guarantees students access to quality programs.
Please join the Center for American Progress for this event, at which the Obama administration will explain its policy relating to gainful employment. A panel of higher-education experts will follow to discuss the administration's regulation.