Barriers to Economic Mobility for Low-Income Working Families with Young ChildrenDr. Brittany Birken, Principal Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Children’s development and family financial stability are inextricably linked. The 2Gen approach is designed to support improved child and family outcomes. Low-income working families with young children may experience benefits cliffs and other structural financial barriers that can challenge career advancement and economic self-sufficiency. The Atlanta Fed’s Advancing Careers initiative conducts research on benefits cliffs and structural barriers to career advancement and develops tools to support community and state efforts to improve economic security for families and meet the talent needs of businesses for a healthy economy. This is accomplished by working directly with stakeholders to define the challenges and partnering on efforts to analyze and develop solutions. There are a number of efforts in development in Florida to address benefits cliffs and other barriers to economic mobility. Brittany Birken from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta will present on the 2Gen approach, the Advancing Careers initiative, and highlight partnership efforts in Florida.
The Florida Student Success Center: Promoting Pathways to Student Success
Dr. Carrie E. Henderson, Executive Vice Chancellor, Florida College System
Abbey E. Ivey, Director, Florida Student Success Center, Florida College System
In 2018, the Florida College System (FCS) launched the Florida Student Success Center in partnership with Jobs for the Future, Helios Education Foundation and the Florida College System Foundation. The Center is part of the national Student Success Center Network and supports Florida's 28 state colleges' efforts to develop student-centered pathways and increase student completion rates. We serve to connect the dots between colleges across the state and provide colleges with access to shared resources, opportunities to learn from one another and support to scale effective practices statewide. This presentation will provide an overview of the center and its major initiatives and accomplishments since its inception, with a particular focus on mathematics pathways re-design.
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