With each state handling the pandemic in their own way, 13 states are teaming up by involving themselves in the Child and Family Well-Being Learning Cohort. This national network was developed to examine the fallout from the current crisis and how it has affected Americans. It is aimed at helping support families by developing strategies that will address the issues affecting American households. Indiana is included in the list of 13 states that are working together on defining these best practices.
Representatives from each state will hold virtual meetings every two weeks for the next four months, at least. Despite only having 13 states engage in this crucial subject, all states in the country will have access to their findings. Meetings will focus on important issues such as job loss, evictions, foreclosures, and food insecurity. How the government handles and responds to these issues is also key.
Additionally, with the closing of so many schools, child abuse and neglect is going largely unnoticed and unreported. The cohort will look into the best ways for states to provide the support necessary to families that are suffering during this trying time. The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus is also eager to contribute by addressing the racial gap that has increased during the pandemic.
What States are Involved in the Cohort?
The group of states that are working on these issues includes:
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
In December, the group is expected to have collected enough information to make a final report of its findings for each state.
When the virus became public in mid-March, Indiana, like many other states in the country began imposing restrictions and shutdowns. As more was learned about the virus and the curve was flattened, things gradually started to reopen under new guidelines. As a result, unemployment in the state began to drop. In June, unemployment in Indiana was at 11.% but by July it had fallen to 7.8%. A report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites Indiana as one of 30 states in the nation that has successfully been able to reduce their unemployment rate to one that is under the national average of 10.2%.
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