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June 2015 Newsletter – Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania


PA-June-25-2015
CAAP update – June 25, 2015

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Not just a barrier but a "cliff" to self-sufficiency

Over the past year, Community Action has collaborated with House Majority Leader Dave Reed's "anti-poverty" study called "Empowering Opportunities: Gateways Out of Poverty." Through this initiative, we identified a major hurdle our low-income families faced when moving towards self-sufficiency. We call this hurdle the "benefits cliff.” Essentially, the benefits cliff goes like this: as an individual's income reaches an eligibility "cliff" in which earning one additional dollar makes a person completely ineligible for a subsidy program such as child care, the system forces individuals to choose between the best of two bad situations…

Recently, Rep. Bloom and Rep. Murt, two members from two very different parts of the state and political spectrum, introduced their bill (House Bill 1164) which, if passed, will eliminate this "cliff effect" for Pennsylvania families utilizing child care assistance programs…

A Running Start Philadelphia: for every child, birth to five

Two weeks ago, the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO) launched A Running Start Philadelphia: for every child, birth to five before an audience that included Mayor Michael Nutter, Democratic candidate Jim Kenney, representatives from City Council, parents, advocates, and leaders in business, education, and civic affairs. This comprehensive early learning plan addresses how CEO will accomplish its Shared Prosperity Philadelphia, a strategic plan to address poverty in Philadelphia…

Community Action Partnership Informational Videos

Recently, the Community Action Partnership posted a number of informational videos to support the knowledge base of Community Action. A few of their recently posted videos include the following topics:

  • Social Media 201 Advocacy, Story Telling, and Important Reminders
  • Cost Allocation and Super Circular Update
  • Assessing Risk and Creating Policies
  • Head Start: An Update for Community Action from the Office of Head Start

HHS Proposes Revised Head Start Program Performance Standards

On June 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed a comprehensive revision and reorganization of the Head Start Program Performance Standards governing all Head Start and Early Head Start programs. On June 19 the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) containing the proposed Program Performance Standards was published in the Federal Register. Comments to the NPRM may be submitted through midnight, Eastern Daylight Time, on Tuesday, August 18, 2015.

Why Advocacy?

Stand For Your Mission is a new campaign, initiated by BoardSource, that seeks to unleash the full potential of the nonprofit sector to create positive impact by engaging board leaders, staff, and volunteers more directly in the advocacy work of their organizations. For organizations interested in rejuvenating their advocacy efforts, Stand For Your Mission has posted free resources on their website to enhance your agencies' advocacy efforts.

VISTA Update

Read the newsletter article about how CAAP AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Susie Hinz has been involved with Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster’s fundraising and volunteer recruitment efforts…

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