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Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
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Children's Defense Fund Update
October 30, 1998

In this issue:

-- Community Monitoring Coalition Launches New Web Site
-- Audio Conferences to Feature Successful Welfare to Work Programs
-- Congressional Wrap-Up Coming Soon

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UPDATES

-- Community Monitoring Coalition Launches New Web Site  --

Information about the National Welfare Monitoring and Advocacy
Partnership, of which the Children's Defense Fund Community Monitoring
Project is a member, can now be found  at <http://www.nwmap.org>. The
National Welfare Monitoring & Advocacy Partnership (NWMAP) is a
collaboration of organizers, advocates, service providers and
researchers from across the United States concerned with the
well-being of low-income people. NWMAP's activities are threefold:
monitoring, advocacy, and organizing. NWMAP supports the monitoring of
welfare at the community level to inform both grassroots and national
advocacy efforts and to build the capacity of local communities to
advocate on their own behalf.

When visiting the Web site, be sure to look up the August 1998
Community Monitoring Issue Brief published by CDF and the National
Coalition for the Homeless which examines the early impacts of welfare
on family well-being. The issue brief is located at
<http://www.nwmap.org/short.html>. If you do not have access to the
Internet and would like to receive a copy of the issue brief, please
send an e-mail to CDFupdate@childrensdefense.org and write "Community
Monitoring Issue Brief" without quotation marks in the subject line.

-- Audio Conferences to Feature Successful Welfare to Work Programs --

AN EASY WAY TO KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST WELFARE TO WORK DEVELOPMENTS
AFFECTING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

"Jobs and Wages: Programs that Promote Retention and Advancement," the
latest series of audio conferences sponsored by the Center for Law and
Social Policy (CLASP), will be held on Fridays (12:30-1:30 pm EST) on
January 15, February 19, and March 19. Each audio conference features
a discussion among local program implementors who have managed to
improve job retention rates and/or the wages of program participants.
The audio conferences will explore the nitty-gritty of the program's
achievements. If job retention and wage advancement strategies in your
community need to be strengthened, the audio conferences could help
spark new ideas or help refine an existing effort. CLASP encourages
registrants to gather a group of staff and/or "stakeholders" around a
speaker phone to use each audio conference as a "briefing" for a group
discussion. To find out how to register and for program details, see
CLASP*s Web site at <http://www.clasp.org> or call the CLASP Audio
Conference line at (202) 797-6535. You can also contact Maria Kirby at
(202) 328-5163 or at mkirby@clasp.org.

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-- Congressional Wrap-Up Coming Soon --

Look for an extensive congressional wrap-up on legislation affecting
children which was enacted during the 105th Congress on our Web site
in the next two weeks. To receive a copy of the text of this wrap-up,
send an e-mail to CDFupdate@childrensdefense.org and write
"congressional wrap-up" without quotation marks in the subject line.
Please do not send the email before Tuesday, November 3.

To find specific pieces of legislation passed this year, please
visit the U.S. Congress Web site at <http://thomas.loc.gov>.

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