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Austin Partnership Supports Parenting Students to Build Opportunity Across Generations

Family Pathways works with parenting students enrolled in high-demand degree programs at Austin Community College to promote economic mobility for lower-income families.
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Economy's Essential Early Care and Education Industry but Still Faces Labor Shortfall

When the pandemic first struck and many child care centers closed, ECE worker unemployment spiked. Now that two years have passed since the onset of COVID-19 in the United States, to what extent has the industry recovered?
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Black Workers, Mothers Leaving Early Education and Child Care Jobs amid Health Risks, Low Pay

Understanding which teachers were likelier to leave the industry over the past two years and the factors that could have influenced their decision to leave are at the heart of this study.
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Who Benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program? Our Texas Analysis Offers an Early Look

Though many hail the Paycheck Protection Program as a historic lifeline for the economy, others have raised concerns that the program reinforces inequities and has led to loan approvals not in alignment with its mission.
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How Can You Close the Digital Divide in Your Community? Start with a Needs Assessment

The shape of the digital divide is different in each community. Affordability, infrastructure, lack of devices or skills, and low awareness of the internet’s benefits can all be factors.
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Community Broadband Survey Paves Way for Expanding Digital Access in Southern New Mexico

Like millions of people across the U.S., many residents of Doña Ana County in southern New Mexico struggle to find the internet access they need for school, work and daily life.
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Hard-Hit Child Care Industry May Need Multisector Response to Revive and Thrive

Millions of U.S. workers have lost their jobs during the pandemic. When they are ready to return to work, their child care options may be few.
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Dallas County Promise Puts Higher Education—and Higher Earning Potential—Within Students’ Reach

Vanessa was accepted to a Promise partner institution and soon found herself at a place she never thought her path would take her. Programs like Dallas County Promise are important in today’s economy as postsecondary education becomes increasingly necessary.
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How PPP Loans Eluded Small Businesses of Color

Using national- and state-representative data from small business owners from the Federal Reserve System’s Small Business Credit Survey, we found that small business owners of color were in greater need of financial support than their white-owned counterparts, but they successfully accessed the PPP less frequently.
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Employment Numbers Suggest Young People Face Barriers in Recovery from Pandemic

Unemployment rates spiked for young adults in the initial months of the COVID recession. Since that time, younger members of this cohort (ages 16-19) have substantially recovered, while older members (ages 20-24) continue to see unemployment rates well above pre-COVID levels.
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