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Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) develops and advocates for policies that improve the lives of low-income people. They focus on strengthening families and creating pathways to education and work. Through careful research, analysis, and effective advocacy, CLASP develops and promotes new ideas, mobilizes advocates, and directly assists governments to put in place strategies that deliver results that matter.

Alliance-Funded Support for State Advocacy

  • Defend and improve state CCDBG policies and state child care investments to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and expand access to quality care for children with low incomes. There is likely to be sustained high demand as states continue to implement existing and potential new legislation, make decisions about pandemic related policies and use of COVID-19 related federal funds, defend against possible state budget cuts to early learning budgets, and face potential state and federal transitions.
  • Address racial inequity in early childhood and related state policies. CLASP will partner with other key stakeholders and advocates to anchor the Alliance’s racial equity hub which will examine how to best deliver TA to reduce racial inequities. CLASP will disseminate resources through presentations, toolkits, and TA.
  • Create a strong federal-state feedback loop to improve policymaking and implementation in the early childhood space. This will complement TA efforts to the states, which will benefit from our close connections to federal administrators and policymakers.
  • Provide rapid response TA. CLASP will provide TA to state stakeholders on a range of issues such as CCDBG, infant-toddler policies, racial equity, maternal depression, immigration policy, public benefits, tax credits, paid family and medical leave, and other topics.