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December/January 2020Vol. 20, No. 10Economic Mobility Toolkit

Families in poverty have an increased chance of involvement with child welfare. Poverty during early childhood is related to lower academic achievement, lower rates of adult employment, and less long-term earning potential. Economic mobility and stability are important aspects of achieving family well-being and are related to improved child behaviors and mental health.

The National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start released a toolkit intended for Head Start and Early Head Start program directors, managers, or direct-services staff.

The toolkit aims to teach Head Start and Early Head Start staff how to partner with families on their goals for financial capability, education, and employment; set program goals, develop strategies, and build staff capacity to support the economic mobility of families; and learn more about family economic mobility topics and resources.

The toolkit is divided into the following parts:

  • Part 1: Building Family Economic Mobility: Program Planning and Professional Development Tool—This tool can be used for program planning and professional development at any time during the 5-year project period. 
  • Part 2: Building Foundations for Economic Mobility: Key Topics—This section explores eight key topics related to economic mobility. Each topic provides information and guides participants through action steps on how to start or expand economic mobility work in their program.

Also included are appendices and additional resources.

Economic Mobility Toolkit for Head Start and Early Head Start, is available at