Certain needs form the base from which Hoosiers can plan for a bright, successful future. These include health, housing, and transportation as well as the education and training necessary to seek family-sustaining employment and, for families with children, quality, affordable care. We focus on policies that support access to these foundations:

  • Safe, Stable Housing
  • Reliable and Affordable Heat, Water, Electricity and Internet
  • Transportation
  • Physical and Mental Health Services
  • Education and Skills Training
  • Child Care

Featured Publications

Digital Skills Unlock Access to Good Jobs

Hoosiers tell us that access to good jobs with adequate wages and benefits is a top need in Indiana. Digital skills are becoming more and more essential in the workplace, and, according to new research, jobs requiring multiple digital skills pay more. We need policymakers and community leaders to invest in opportunities to learn these skills, particularly for Hoosiers that may have lacked access to such opportunities in the past. | FACT SHEET

 Digital Skills Fact Sheet

Ed Attainment

Educational Attainment Among Hoosier Adults

The vision for Next Level Jobs says it all: “Two million Hoosiers need additional training to compete in the 21st Century workforce, and there will be over 1 million job openings in Indiana due to retirements and the creation of new jobs by 2025.” Employers need trained workers now. Helping adults access and persist in post-secondary education and training has to be a bigger part of the solution. Two million Hoosier adults could benefit from additional training now, but they have real barriers to being successful. | REPORT

Affordable, Accessible Childcare

The high cost and limited availability of child care disproportionately pushes women out of the workforce. At the same time, lack of public investment means that child care workers and preschool teachers - again, disproportionately women - experience financial hardship. Greater investment is needed to create an inclusive, thriving workforce. | POLICY BRIEF

 Childcare Brief


Other Publications

Current Projects

  • We are collaborating with Southeast Community Services to take a deep dive into the post-COVID child care landscape in the Twin Aire Community.