COVID-19: Racial and Geographic Disparities in Maine

Prepared for the John T. Gorman Foundation by the Carsey School of Public Policy in the fall of 2021, this analysis breaks down the economic, health, and social impacts of COVID-19 for different populations and regions across Maine, and highlights possible contributing factors between disparities.

Promise Neighborhoods provide a unique opportunity to address racial inequity

The Urban Institute’s latest research argues that Promise Neighborhoods – the U.S. Department of Education effort launched in 2010 and inspired by the Harlem Children’s Zone—are a valuable vehicle for racial equity. Promise Neighborhoods aim at aligning systems from “cradle-to-career,” breaking down silos, and strengthening local resources and systems to provide high-quality education to youths… Read more »

Georgetown proposes holistic approach to youth policy in the transition to adulthood

Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce has published a new report describing how pandemic-era demand for workers intersects with the longer-term trend of a “deteriorating” labor market for young adults. The authors identify the “dot-com” bubble recession of 2001, the Great Recession, and the COVID-19 recession as discrete events in shaping youth employment… Read more »

Expiration of enhanced Child Tax Credit looms, including for 229,000 Maine kids

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports on the status of the Child Tax Credit in December. The credit enhancements, including making the credit fully refundable, increasing the credit’s maximum value, and allowing families to claim 17-year-olds, have infused more than 39 million households with monthly income since July 2021. As the credit expansions… Read more »

Amid national improvement, October jobs report shows no recovery for women and workers of color

Although the recent Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report showed a small decline in employment nationwide (4.8 to 4.6 percent), these gains have notbeen uniformly realized. Adult men saw a decline in unemployment of 0.4 percentage points (to 4.3 percent), while adult women experienced a 0.2 percentage point increase (to 4.4 percent). Black unemployment rates… Read more »

Report gathers evidence on measuring quality in home-based childcare

As part of its “Home Based Child Care Supply and Quality Project,” the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation has published a literature review that summarizes features of childcare quality in home-based settings. The work finds wide variation in the definition of home-based childcare (HBCC), but some common features of quality, including those related to… Read more »

Summary of early childhood educator convening focuses on racial, economic, and social justice

The Urban Institute recently published coverage of its January 2021 convening of early childhood education researchers, which focused on strengthening financial equity and workforce wellbeing among educators with a racial, economic, and social justice lens. The paper summarizes discussion and presentations from the event, concluding that the pandemic worsened conditions of pay and wellbeing for… Read more »

Why We Can’t Wait for A New Deal For Youth

CLASP Center for Law and Policy has launched a New Deal for Youth. At a time of pandemic, recession, public lynchings, and uprisings for racial justice, our nation is at a crossroads. The mounting stress and economic fallout from COVID-19 and racial turmoil is widening the equity gap for young people and communities of color.… Read more »

More than 1 in 10 working age adults still delaying or forgoing health care due to pandemic-related concerns in spring 2021

Results from the Urban Institute’s April 2021 Health Reform Monitoring Survey reveal that 11 percent of working age adults (ages 18-64) reported that they had delayed or forgone health care in the last 30 days due to Coronavirus concerns. This shows that unmet health care needs continued at least into last spring. The share of… Read more »