Issues Archive

  • Early Learning from Birth through Third Grade

    Decades of research shows that high-quality early care and education (ECE) programs have significant academic and lifelong benefits, ranging from lower rates of grade retention and special education placements to greater ...

  • Access & Completion

    Employment projections show that the majority of job growth will occur in occupations that require a postsecondary vocational certificate or academic degree. Yet despite the need for skills upgrading and postsecondary ...

  • Postsecondary Education

    Postsecondary education is more important to states than ever before. Within the next decade, nearly two-thirds of the jobs in the U.S. will require some form of college credential. To meet that demand, states must lead ...

  • Work-Based Learning & Apprenticeship

    Industries in every state are struggling to find qualified applicants for jobs, while job seekers too often find they lack the skills needed to enter or move along a career pathway to a good job. Preparing a workforce that ...

  • Workforce Development

    A top priority of the nation’s governors is developing the skilled and knowledgeable workforce required for states to be economically competitive in the global economy. To achieve this, state workforce and education ...

  • Two-Generation Approaches to Serving Low-Income Families

    Parent well-being and child well-being are inextricably linked. However, many policies and programs aimed at improving family economic security and child well-being often do not consider the needs of children and parents ...

  • Juvenile Justice

    Strengthening juvenile justice systems and improving outcomes for justice-involved youth is a top priority of the nation’s governors. We know that involvement in the criminal justice system as a juvenile often leads to ...

  • Integrated Data Systems for Human Service Programs

    Integrated data systems can help eliminate many of the barriers that can prevent full access to human services for low-income families. Integrated data systems allow multiple systems to exchange and use information to ...

  • Hunger & Food Insecurity

    Governors have an opportunity to work with their agency leadership to improve policy options and program options to improve access to food, and to encourage cross-agency collaboration to invest in the multifaceted components ...

  • Housing & Homelessness

    Housing stability is a key component of economic mobility. Governors face a variety of issues related to affordable housing and homelessness, all of which have implications for employment, education, and overall health and ...

  • Family Economic Security

    Children who are raised in low-income families are more likely to earn less when they become adults, to have lower educational attainment and to have poor health outcomes than children who were raised in families that were ...

  • Child Welfare

    To ensure the safety of vulnerable children, state leadership is essential to mobilize the resources and efforts of critical public and private stakeholders. Governors can communicate a vision of shared responsibility for ...