Friday, Dec 8, 2017



The Learning Community Application is now live! Please review the information below to learn about how your agency can join the Learning Community.

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Click here to download the slide deck from the December 7th Kick-Off Webinar


How to Apply

Interested agencies should apply through the online Community Action Academy no later than January 19, 2018.

Click here for a step-by-step demo on how to complete your Learning Community application


1.Create a new (free) account at

               a.You should receive a confirmation email within minutes

2.Login and click “Learning Communities” under Course Categories on the right on your browser

3.Scroll down and select Learning Community Application

4.Click Application for 2018 Intensive Learning Community Groups

5.Select Self enrollment (Student), then click Enroll. 

This will give you access to the Learning Community Application package and all of its components.  You will need to read the application package, complete the survey monkey application, and if participating in an intensive LCG or COP, submit the appropriate letter of commitment to the corresponding assignment portal. 


Email with any difficulties or questions.


Click here for additional information on Learning Community FAQs

What is The Learning Community?

A project of the LCRC, The Learning Community is comprised of topical Learning Community Groups (LCGs) which consist of a cadre of agencies that are currently working on a program or service delivery strategy related to specific anti-poverty focus areas.  Learning Community members meet monthly, either virtually or in-person (conferences) and assist each other by:

  • Discussing “what works”;
  • Sharing data findings;
  • Solving problems; and
  • Offering support for implementing new ideas, unmet needs, new organizational goals, or proving that a strategy works.


Learning Opportunities

Open LCGs:

  • Decreasing Family Homelessness:  Increasing affordable housing in safe neighborhoods and expanding shelter supports, emphasizing systems level transformation and policymaking to maximize statewide outcomes.
  • Results at the Community Level:  Understanding what community level needs, outcomes, and strategies are and how to observe and document change at the community level.
  • Health Intersections:  Exploring the connections within the health sphere to address the social determinants of health.
  • Cultivating Data-Centered Organizations:  Making the case for the need and impact of data-centered organizational culture.

Intensive LCGs:

  • Financial Empowerment for Families:  Designing strategies to help families with low and moderate incomes stabilize their financial lives and rise above poverty.
  • Integrated Services to Improve Impact:  Identifying and implementing approaches and best practice solutions to service integration to meet the needs of customers or particular target populations so that efficiency is improved and outcomes are enhanced.
  • Whole Family Approach to Economic Mobility from Poverty (Whole Family Approach LCG):  Enhancing knowledge about two generation approaches and considering new practices to meet the needs of parents and children together, so that outcomes are enhanced for parents, children, and families as a whole. 

Communities of Practice:

  • Whole Family Approach to Economic Mobility from Poverty (Whole Family Approach COP):  This COP, like the Whole Family Approach LCG will focus on a whole family approach to economic mobility from poverty, but will engage CAAs who are ready, or have already taken decisive steps forward to shift to a whole family approach on a larger scale.   (See Appendix A for additional information on the Community of Practice.)
  • Rural IMPACT:  (Enrollment closed) This demonstration project focuses on the implementation of two-generation approaches in rural and tribal places, and will end in June of 2018.