Community and Education

Resources for understanding and promoting ways to help communities thrive

Changing up the child care block grant to meet market challenges

Rob Grunewald and Ben Horowitz January 8, 2019

We examine how the 2014 reauthorization of the federal Child Care Development Block Grant is—or isn’t—helping families and child care providers

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Take the 2019 CDFI Survey

Calling all community development financial institution (CDFI) leaders: Join your colleagues in completing the 2019 CDFI Survey! Responses will be used to better understand the reach and impact of CDFIs nationwide and to generate a national CDFI directory. Take the survey here. (To take it in Spanish, click here.)

The CDFI Survey is a collaborative effort by the Federal Reserve, the CDFI Fund, Opportunity Finance Network, First Nations Oweesta Corporation, NeighborWorks America, and Inclusiv.

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Register now for the Fed’s 2019 Community Development Research Conference

Reserve your spot at the eleventh biennial Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference, on May 9–10, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Theme: Renewing the Promise of the Middle Class. Register

Alene Tchourumoff named Senior Vice President of Community Development and Engagement

Alene Tchourumoff, who most recently served as chair of the Metropolitan Council, joined the Minneapolis Fed on December 1 as the new senior vice president over our function. Tchourumoff also oversees the Center for Indian Country Development and leads the Bank’s strategies for engaging communities throughout the Ninth District. Read more about Alene here.

Download the Investing in America’s Workforce book

Available now: Investing in America’s Workforce: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers, a three-volume book on workforce development that features research and insights from more than 100 authors. Check out the chapter by our own Rob Grunewald, titled “Early Childhood Investments: Paving the Way from the Future Workforce.” Rob’s contribution discusses how investing in high-quality early education supports “downstream” workforce development initiatives and boosts labor productivity. Download the book at

The book is the result of a two-and-a-half-year collaboration between the Federal Reserve System, the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, the Ray Marshall Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.