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Focus Area

Developing Supportive, Aligned Public Policy

Through our place-based opportunity ecosystems and NextGen efforts, we leverage lessons learned about the structural barriers faced by families to advance policy solutions. This work is grounded in the importance of person-centered systems change. We see families and communities as experts on the future they envision for themselves. Therefore, we insist on engaging families as systems changers to develop supportive and aligned policy.

Working with our partners, we have identified four key policy areas to address the structural barriers that manifest themselves in the daily lives of families.

Priority 1

Strengthen the human services sector to advance social and economic mobility.
This includes, but isn’t limited to: best practices (i.e. executive functioning-informed, evidence-based, practice-informed and strength-based practices); ease of access to income-based supports; mitigating and eliminating toxic stress; financing; human-centered design; continuous learning within the human services workforce; and effective use of data.


Priority 2

Integrate racial equity by dismantling historically racist institutional and structural barriers to advancing social and economic mobility. This includes, but isn’t limited to: intentional engagement of and full participation with communities of color; equitable access to capital for Black and Brown business owners; civic engagement; equitable evaluation practices; closing the women- and men-of-color wealth gaps; and intentional inclusion of fathers of color.


Priority 3

Leverage identified adjacent sectors that support advancing social and economic mobility.
This includes, but isn’t limited to: access to quality and affordable early childhood education; workforce development; resident-driven efforts within housing; and post-secondary education.


Priority 4

Support meaningful career pathways and wealth-building. This includes, but isn’t limited to: high-road business practices; improved policy alignment in the workforce development system; asset-building; and equitable financial services.


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