Families and the Future of Social Policy

New Initiatives in the Obama Budget

This event, originally scheduled for Thursday, March 5th, has been rescheduled for the morning of Tuesday, March 24th. 

While the family is the institution that most powerfully shapes the raising and well-being of the next generation, public policy often fails to support families holistically. Parents and caregivers routinely encounter formidable barriers to developing their financial resources, building their credentials, and providing opportunities for their children to grow and eventually make their own climb up the economic ladder.

With a pledge to bring middle-class economics into the 21st Century, President Obama’s recently-released 2016 Budget aims to “help America’s hard-working families get ahead in a time of relentless economic and technological change.” President Obama argues that middle-class economics means helping more families acquire the skills and education they need to increase their earnings and afford the cornerstones of economic security.

Under the banner of middle-class economics, the Budget presents a series of proposals designed to support families. There are efforts to expand access to child care and early learning, offer new avenues to training and educational opportunities, and increase financial resources through valuable tax credits for working families. These proposals should be assessed in terms of their potential effectiveness, but also in how well they fit together as a set. How can they be improved and integrated with each other? Do they identify a new pathway for social policy?

Join us and a panel of policy experts for an extended discussion of key social policy provisions in the President’s 2016 Budget. 

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Johan Uvin 
Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Career Technical and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education 

Laura Bornfreund
Deputy Director, Early Education Initiative, New America

Liza Mundy
Director, Breadwinners and Caregivers, New America

Mary Alice McCarthy
Senior Policy Analyst, Higher Education Initiative, New America

Justin King
Policy Director, Asset Building Program, New America

Rosa Maria Castaneda
Senior Associate, Family Economic Success, Annie E. Casey Foundation