Tag: families

How To Support Working Parents to Open Cities During COVID-19

Parents across the country need support more than ever before as they balance caring for children and ensuring the financial stability of their families. Soaring unemployment and restricted operation of non-essential businesses has created unprecedented insecurity for families. Schools and childcare facilities remain closed in many parts of the country, adding to the burden for

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Connecting Children and Families to Nature During the Pandemic

Municipal leaders have an opportunity – even at a time of physical or social distancing – to promote connecting children and families to the outdoors and nature. Such connections can benefit city and town residents of all ages. Getting outside offers chances to combat social isolation, maintain physical and mental health, enrich connections with nearby

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Local Governments Lead the Charge on Providing Emergency Leave to Employees

A historically heated conversation around paid sick leave might come to a boil today, Wednesday, April 1, when the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) goes into effect. Two things will change: Certain employees will be entitled to two weeks (80 hours) of paid sick leave over and above any time already taken off. Certain

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The Education Impact of COVID-19

Cities and towns across the country are seeing widespread closures of K-12 and post-secondary education institutions. Currently these closures may be extended well beyond the original two-to-four-week span, pending continued assessment of uncertain developments in the Coronavirus outbreak. Millions of children, parents, teachers and school workers are/will experience significant disruptions that extend well beyond students’ education achievements. Significant social, nutritional, housing and health services are also affected by school closures. The most vulnerable people will be hurt the most, as times of crisis especially expose

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Food Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Significant disruptions in community and regional services, as well as mass school closures due to Coronavirus, can keep people from having their basic needs met, including access to food. These include impacts to the youngest among us, school-aged children, low-income and poor vulnerable adults and the elderly. In this time, once reliable school meals and other regular operations are in flux; these disruptions may

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Preventing COVID-19 Generated Family Financial Instability

Social distancing has caused businesses to close or curtail their services to slow the spread of COVID-19. Employees of non-essential services, such as restaurants and retail stores, in turn are losing their jobs or experiencing a drastic reduction in pay. These employees are already straining to make ends meet because they are more likely to earn hourly wages and lack benefits such as healthcare or paid sick leave.   Before this pandemic,

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5 Workforce Strategies to Increase Economic Opportunity

This post is the first installment in NLC’s Economic Mobility and Opportunity Blog Series. It’s not too late to make a New Year’s resolution to help your residents gain a solid financial footing. The National League of Cities’ (NLC) recent report offers a road map to help you achieve that commitment. Keeping the American Dream

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In Hartford, Connecticut, a Breakthrough for Early Childhood Educators

The City of Hartford, Connecticut, is taking the lead in supporting its early childhood workforce by partnering with the local workforce development board to determine the needs of early childhood educators. While many cities across the nation have made great strides in expanding their early childhood services and programs, there has been less focus on

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Help Your Residents Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit

This Friday, January 26, marks the twelfth annual Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day, an effort by the IRS to encourage local governments, community organizations and other stakeholders to bring attention to the EITC and opportunities for free tax filing services through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. These efforts bring billions of federal

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Oakland Promise Creates Opportunity for Students and Families

This is a guest post from David Silver, Director of Education for Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf. Looking over the crowd on January 28, 2016, one thing was clear: Oakland showed up in a big way.  Under a big tent on a beautiful January day, hundreds of people from all walks of life — students,

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