Over the past six years, the state has made progress addressing intergenerational poverty. The progress is not being made through the establishment of new government programs or significant increases in financial resources. Rather, it has been through the slow development of an equitable system designed to ensure opportunity for all Utah children....
Department of Workforce Services, early childhood development, high-quality child care, intergenerational poverty,
From September 2016 to June 2017, thirteen Utah counties were selected by Utah’s Department of Workforce Services (DWS) to develop local strategic plans to address high rates of intergenerational poverty. These thirteen local plans can be found in their entirety here
. A summary or overview of the plans created by DWS explains commonalities between...
County intergenerational plans, Utah department of workforce services,
Under the leadership of Utah’s Lieutenant Governor, leaders in
11 rural counties and two urban counties were engaged to develop local plans that align with the Commission’s goals to reduce IGP among Utah children and their families. The focus on local solutions recognizes the strengths and unique challenges that exist within communities to address...
county IGP plans, early childhood educt, in-home visits, intergenerational poverty, mentors, Utah department of workforce services,
For some Americans, dignity isn’t a right so much as it’s a commodity. Or at least it is according to Arthur Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute, who makes this argument in his article for Foreign Affairs, “The Dignity Deficit: Reclaiming Americans’ Sense of Purpose.” Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke to Brooks about...
American Enterprise Institute, Arthur Brooks, dignity, welfare reform,
Trauma has been garnering more and more attention over the past few years, with the rampant climb of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and the understanding of what can cause it. Intergenerational trauma among American Indians is an area of study that has just started to generate attention from communities inside Indian country, academia and the medical...
American Indians, intergenerational trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma,
in the 2016 annual report include struggles in early childhood development, lack of children’s health care, childhood homelessness and juvenile justice system involvement. The report incorporates new indicators to continue developing the state’s understanding of the challenges and barriers confronting families experiencing...
childhood homelessness, early childhood development, intergenerational poverty, Utah department of workforce services,
Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) have introduced the Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act
pushing the federal government to collaborate and innovate with states on intergenerational poverty. View Senator Collins’ remarks
. Utah’s Senator Orrin Hatch, too, has joined the effort
. This new focus from Congress comes...
intergenerational poverty, Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act,
The purpose of the War on Poverty in 1964 was to have the “maximum feasible participation of the poor” involved in planning, employment and implementation of the program. Its intent was supposed to eliminate the middleman in the delivery of services to the poor. However, soon after the program started, the professionals saw it as a threat and took it...
homelessness in Utah, Poverty in Utah, War on Poverty,
Utah communities impacted by intergenerational poverty are increasingly utilizing the data contained in these annual reports. These communities are attaining greater understanding of the educational and economic outcomes of families and beginning to discuss local solutions to these challenges....
intergenerational poverty, local solutions, Utah communities,
The most significant development in the 2014 report is the inclusion of data from the other four agencies providing services to children and their families: Department of Health (DOH), Department of Human Services (“DHS”), Utah State Office of Education (USOE) and Utah Juvenile Courts....
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