Bridging the Gap

This ongoing project examines the intersection of child care with workforce development and postsecondary education systems, policies, and practices, and the implications for low-income, low-skilled parents seeking education and training.

Accelerating Opportunity

Launched in 2011, the Accelerating Opportunity, or AO, initiative aims to help students who have low basic skills earn valued occupational credentials, obtain well-paying jobs, and sustain rewarding careers. 

Local Workforce System

This infographic provides a basic framework for understanding local workforce systems, the populations they serve, the key organizations involved, and the functions  they carry out. 

Financing Public Higher Education

College affordability and access are national issues, but students in different states face different circumstances. A national agenda to reduce barriers to college requires a clearer understanding of how students’ opportunities differ by state. Our “Financing Public Higher Education” dashboard illustrates those differences and how they have changed over time.

Cities of LRNG

Cities of LRNG aims to address the “opportunity gap” for low-income youth and youth of color in cities by supporting expanded access to out-of-school learning opportunities, using digital badges to recognize and connect the learning that occurs in and out of school, and building connections across local learning ecosystems to open up college and career pathways for disadvantaged young people.