June 22-24, 2017 | Dallas, TX


A new Administration always brings with it a shift in federal policy and political priorities. As families across the United States continue to face need in relation to workforce opportunities, healthcare access, safe and affordable housing, and quality child care, state and local officials face increased responsibility and opportunity to build and maintain strong and vibrant communities. Many of the federal tools used to support the economic stability and success of working families and children face an uncertain future. At the same time, state budgets are subject to unpredictable economic conditions over the next few years. Given these circumstances, policymakers should proactively consider the impact of this environment on the most vulnerable families and children in the communities they represent.

To comprehensively tackle these pressing needs, diverse stakeholders and strategies must be deployed to develop a collective impact framework towards the best solutions and outcomes. Latino policymakers are poised to serve as policy champions that can spur the leveraging of resources, blended funding streams and resources in order to advance goals and priorities toward addressing complex societal challenges.

Through a collective impact approach, the NALEO National Policy Institute on Family Economic Success: Navigating a New Paradigm provided Latino policymakers with a curriculum that covered:


  • The State of Latino Families and Children in the United States
  • A New Federal Paradigm: Implications for States and Counties
  • Mobile Tour: Two-Generation Re-entry Workforce Model
  • Leveraging Opportunities in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA)
  • Sharing Best Practices for Collective Impact

Institute participants heard from a group of diverse experts from across multiple sectors, as well as had the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the country. The policy institute promoted the discussion and analysis of federal, state, and local budgets and policy priorities in support of family economic success. Participants also had the opportunity to share model initiatives and best practices on how to protect and advance an agenda that promotes family economic success.


Convening Partner

Institute Partners

Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs (BHCC)

National Association of Hispanic County Officials (NAHCO)


  • Thurs., June 22
  • Fri., June 23
  • Sat., June 24

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lone Star Foyer

Institute Registration

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Lone Star A1, Conference Center, 2nd Floor

Welcome Remarks and Program Overview

• Mr. Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, NALEO Educational Fund

• Dr. Patty Garcia, Deputy Director for Constituency Services – Education, NALEO Educational Fund

2:45 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.
Lone Star A1, Conference Center, 2nd Floor

Session I:


The State of Latino Families and Children in the United States

Latino children are projected to be the largest demographic group by 2020. Yet, recent trends from the National Kids Count Report also demonstrate a stark reality. Of the nearly 18 million Latino children (birth to 18) across the U.S., approximately one of every three lives in poverty. If the U.S. is to thrive economically, civically, and academically, addressing the needs of our youngest population is paramount. This session provided policymakers with an overview of the status of Latino children across the U.S. and equipped participants with the data to better identify the gaps in the health, educational, and economic well-being indicators of Latino children. Participants also learned about how these indicators can be more pronounced among Latino children who have or have had a parent(s) incarcerated.

Hon. René García, Florida State Senator; Chair, National Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs; Board Member, NALEO Educational Fund

Hon. Sarah Benatar, Coconino County Treasurer, Arizona; Chair, National Association of Hispanic County Officials; Board Member, NALEO

Session Chair:
Hon. René García, Florida State Senator; Chair, National Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs; Board Member, NALEO Educational Fund

• Dr. Frances Deviney, Associate Director, Center for Public Policy Priorities

• Dr. Bryce Peterson, Senior Research Associate, Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute

Additional Resources: 1 | 2 | 3

4:35 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Lone Star A1, Conference Center, 2nd Floor

Institute Wrap Up for the Day