Job Preparation and Employment

Employment is a key component of welfare reform, and this section provides assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families on how to support TANF participants and low income families in moving from welfare to work.

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Less-Educated Workers' Unstable Employment: Can the Safety Net Help?, March 2014

The Institute for Research on Poverty recently released a short report that provides an overview of the evidence on employment instability in the United States. The report also includes information about some opportunities and challenges facing policymakers and researchers interested in promoting employment stability in the current economic and political context.

For more information, please see: http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/fastfocus/pdfs/FF19-2014.pdf


Funding Opportunity: DOL Announces $150 Million for Ready to Work Grants, February 2014

Last week the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced $150 million in new Ready to Work Partnership grants to fund programs that prepare and place those facing long-term unemployment into good jobs. The news comes on the heels of President Obama's Executive Office Report focused on Addressing the Negative Cycle of Long-Term Unemployment that highlighted subsidized employment and transitional jobs programs as strategies to help the long-term unemployed find work. Ready to Work Grants may be especially appropriate for subsidized employment programs that have a proven track record of helping to connect job seekers to employment opportunities and for subsidized employment participants who may benefit from additional wage-paid, work-based employment, and training opportunities in order to move into high growth jobs. The application deadline is June 19, 2014.

For more information, please see: http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=251554


Grant Opportunity for Youth Career Connect, December 2013

The Department of Labor announced the Youth Career Connect initiative that will provide up to $100 million in grant funds to 25 to 40 grantees using funding from H-1B fees. Eligible entities include local education agencies, public or non-profit local workforce entities, or non-profits with education reform experience. This grant is to be used to help high school students understand the importance of education and technical training for specific high-growth industries and occupations as a means for long-term success in the world of work. The application deadline is January 27, 2014.

For more information, please see: http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=247913


November Unemployment Rate Declines, Payroll Employment Increases, December 2013

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released an Employment Situation Summary showing that the unemployment rate declined from 7.3 percent to 7.0 percent in November 2013, and total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 203,000. Employment increased in transportation and warehousing, health care, and manufacturing.

For more information, please see: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm


Healthy Relationships, Employment, and Reentry, November 2013

The National Transitional Jobs Network released a brief on healthy relationships, employment, and reentry. This brief provides an overview of the evidence supporting the interrelatedness of employment, healthy relationships, family well-being, and recidivism. It also gives the perspectives of expert program practitioners who are successfully integrating programming related to employment, prison reentry, healthy relationships, and responsible fatherhood. Finally, this brief offers program and policy recommendations for leveraging the positive impacts of healthy relationships on employment and reentry and vice versa.

For more information, please see: http://www.scribd.com/doc/185476721/Healthy-Relationships-Employment-and-Reentry


Broadband in the Labor Market: The Impact of Residential High Speed Internet on Married Women's Labor Force Participation, September 2013

The Federal Reserve Board released a paper investigating how high-speed home Internet has impacted married women's labor force participation. Results indicate that married women who use the Internet are more likely to participate in the labor force. The study found that increases in participation are concentrated on women with higher levels of education and children. The results suggest home Internet facilitates work-family balance for highly educated women.

For more information, please see: http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/feds/2013/201365/201365pap.pdf


Featured Podcast Series: Tanana Chiefs Conference - Operating a Tribal TANF Subsidized Employment Program, September 2013

In June 2012, the WPTA Network collaborated with Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) to learn about their subsidized employment program and their efforts around data collection. The Tanana Chiefs Conference Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is called the Athabascan Self-Sufficiency Assistance Partnership (ASAP), which provides services to the Tribal members of 37 federally recognized Tribes in Alaska. These Tribal members face several challenges living primarily in very isolated rural communities with limited roads, infrastructure, and jobs.

Operating a Tribal TANF Subsidized Employment Program
This podcast features Tanana Chiefs' subsidized employment program, which was initially started with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding and brought more than 160 people on the welfare rolls and gave them the opportunity to attain employment. TCC's success convinced the State of Alaska to expand its use of State funds and invest them to continue the program.

View the Podcast Here


Mutually Beneficial Partnerships: Lessons from Two Research/Practice Partnership Projects, September 2013

On September 17, 2013, the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) and two Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) University Partnership grantees (both initiatives of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) co-hosted a webinar titled Mutually Beneficial Partnerships: Lessons from Two Research/Practice Partnership Projects. The webinar began with an overview of the SSRC and OPRE's HPOG research and evaluation portfolio. Featured presenters include Dr. Janet Boguslaw, Principal Investigator of Study of Employment, Retention and Advancement Opportunities for Racial, Ethnic and Linguistic Minorities, and Dr. Philip Hong, Principal Investigator of Evaluation of Empowerment Pathways to Self-Sufficiency in Health Professions Career Development for Low-Income Individuals. Both Dr. Boguslaw and Dr. Hong presented an overview of their HPOG University Partnership projects and discussed their collaboration with their HPOG program partners. Materials from the webinar, including the recording, PowerPoint, transcript, and questions and answers discussed, are available on the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse.

For more information, please see: https://www.opressrc.org/content/mutually-beneficial-partnerships-lessons-two-researchpractice-partnership-projects


Providing Effective Follow-Up Services for Youth, September 2013

The development of an individualized follow-up service plan is an important aspect to help youth successfully transition to employment or further education. This Workforce3 One Webinar focused on the requirements, challenges and effective practices for follow-up services in youth workforce programs. The webinar emphasized creating a well-prepared follow-up strategy to provide an opportunity for staff to continue his/her partnerships with the participant and with key organizations to help youth meet their objectives.

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Regions I, II and III Tri-Regional Technical Assistance Meeting, September 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Regions I, II and III hosted representatives from 14 States in the Northeast region at the 2013 Tri-Regional Technical Assistance Meeting entitled "Developing an Exit Strategy for Leaving TANF on the Pathway to Family Stability." This meeting was held on September 17-19, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) stakeholders were brought together to engage with peers on innovative strategies and collaborations to promote economic and social well-being for individuals, families and communities. State and territory representatives shared strategies they are utilizing to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. In addition to peer networking and dialogue with ACF and OFA leadership, experts from the field presented on topics ranging from the intersection of learning disabilities and TANF families, to maximizing collaborations to improve TANF program outcomes.



Arkansas – Helping Low-Income Parents [PDF - 130 KB]

Participant List

Welcome Letter

Speaker Biographies [PDF - 286 KB]

Agenda [PDF - 306 KB]

Current ACF-196 Categories [PDF - 79 KB]

Copy of 196r forms [PDF - 295 KB]

Region I, II, III States FY 2012 Expenditures [PDF - 349 KB]

Revised ACF 196r Instructions [PDF - 503 KB]

TANF Information Memorandum [PDF - 107 KB]

ASSET Initiative Partnership (AIP) - Overview [PDF - 287 KB]

Strengthening Asset-Building Partnerships & Improving Asset-Building Outcomes [PDF - 727 KB]

Promising Strategy: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Charitable !ssistance to Community's Homeless, Inc. (C!TCH Program) [PDF - 620 KB]

Making Effective Use of TANF to End Family Homelessness [PDF - 573 KB]

Housing Stability [PDF - 464 KB]

Mercer County Case Study [PDF - 575 KB]

Utah Road Home Case Study [PDF - 495 KB]

Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative Case Study [PDF - 729 KB]

IFA Press Release [PDF - 219 KB]

Arkansas Department of Higher Education - Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative [PDF - 1,915 KB]

APHSA - The National Workgroup on Integration [PDF - 237 KB]

Removing Barriers, Building Savings [PDF - 1,963 KB]

Domestic Violence PPT [PDF - 276 KB]

DC TANF Redesign [PDF - 1,306 KB]

Year Up [PDF - 1,444 KB]

KISRA [PDF - 3,743 KB]


Regions V and VII Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Priority Update Meeting, September 2013

On September 10-11, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance hosted the Regions V & VII TANF Priority Update Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. Representatives from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin met to network and share lessons learned and promising practices and to seek guidance from Federal and Regional staff in a number of different areas, including: planning to implement TANF EBT requirements, understanding the implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, addressing homelessness through TANF, utilizing data to inform program practices, developing career pathways for TANF participants, and discussing key TANF issues with Federal ACF leadership.

View Agenda [PDF - 668 KB]

View Final Report [PDF - 1,150 KB]

View Participant List [PDF - 639 KB]

View Speaker Biographies [PDF - 628 KB]

View ACF Marketplace 101 [PDF - 1,646 KB]

View Adult Education Programs PP [PDF - 390 KB]

View ACF's Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium (FSSRC) PP [PDF - 405 KB]

View Strong Families Make a Strong Kansas PP [PDF - 1,184 KB]

View Jobs to Careers PP [PDF - 411 KB]

View Career Pathways PP [PDF - 1,205 KB]

View EBT Access and Restrictions PP [PDF - 529 KB]

View TANF Employment and Training Requirements/PATH PP [PDF - 881 KB]

View Minnesota Rebuild-- Refocusing on Work PP [PDF - 231 KB]

View Missouri Temporary Assistance Program PP [PDF - 482 KB]

View Developing Demand-Driven Career Pathways for Low-Income Individuals and TANF Participants PP [PDF - 894 KB]

View A Study of TANF Work Participation and Engagement PP [PDF - 113 KB]


Skimming for Skills, September 2013

The Employment Training Administration released a guide of relevant sources that will allow individuals to shed light on labor or skill shortages, skill mismatches, and skill deficiencies. Skimming for Skills provides links to surveys, reports, and customized data tools. Each entry notes whether the survey or source supplies information on current or projected employment, job openings, occupational or industry data, and earnings. Skill-related topics include information on the education, training or skills required for jobs; educational attainment; educational field (e.g., college major) or coursework; and the skills individuals possess, including skill assessments. Each entry also lists availability at the national, State or local level, and the time period covered. For the user's convenience, the numerous skill-related sources are classified by those pertaining to adults, postsecondary students, secondary students, and longitudinal surveys that span ages from student to adult. The guide concludes with a list of supplementary resources for understanding occupational, industry and instructional classification codes; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classifications; and other sources on State and local workforce data and how to use it.

For more information, please see: https://winwin.workforce3one.org/view/Skimming_for_Skills_Finding_Skills_Data/info


Stimulating Opportunity: An Evaluation of ARRA - Funded Subsidized Employment Programs, September 2013

The Economic Mobility Corporation released a new report titled, "Stimulating Opportunity: An Evaluation of ARRA-Funded Subsidized Employment Programs." Major findings from this report include: subsidized employment programs can have a significant impact on low-income job seekers' employment and earnings, employers created jobs that would not have existed otherwise, the long-term unemployed experienced large employment and earnings gained, and the subsidized programs also benefited participants with significant barriers to employment. The report continues to demonstrate the value-add and need for solutions such as subsidized employment and transitional jobs in communities.

For more information, please see: http://economicmobilitycorp.org/uploads/stimulating-opportunity-full-report.pdf


Subsidized Employment Helps Long-Term Unemployed Reconnect to Workforce, September 2013

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in August 2013, 4.3 million workers were long-term unemployed, meaning that they had been jobless for 27 weeks or more. Even as the overall unemployment rate is slowly falling, these workers are finding themselves shut out from job opportunities. Others are giving up on ever finding employment and are retiring early, despite still being fit for years of productive work. As has been well established, long-term unemployment has lasting negative consequences for the workers, their families and communities, and society as a whole.

For more information, please see: http://www.clasp.org/issues/pages?type=employment_strategies&id=0013


The Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness, September 2013

The Foundation for Reentry and Employment Project released the Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies white paper, which provides guidance to policymakers, agency and program administrators, and practitioners working in the reentry and workforce development fields on how to develop collaborative projects and maximize their investments aimed at shared public safety and workforce development goals.

To view this white paper, please see: http://csgjusticecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Final.Reentry-and-Employment.pp_.pdf


U.S. Department of Labor Grants to Five States for Initiative to Help the Unemployed Get Back to Work, September 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of five grants totaling $400,000 to California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Kentucky. The grants are part of the department's Reemployment Connections initiative, an effort to better integrate the Unemployment Insurance program with the broader workforce system in order to improve the reemployment outcomes for Unemployment Insurance claimants and other job seekers.

To view this announcement, please see: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/eta20132009.htm

These grants are awarded in partnership with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, and they are funded through the Workforce Investment Act. For more information about Reemployment Con: http://rc.workforce3one.org/getting-ready-to-apply


Employment and Unemployment Among Youth in the Summer of 2013, August 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics released an economic news release on the summer youth labor force for the summer of 2013. From April to July 2013, the number of employed youth 16 to 24 years old increased by 2.1 million to 19.7 million. This year, the share of young people employed in July was 50.7 percent. Unemployment among youth rose by 692,000 from April to July 2013, compared with an increase of 836,000 for the same period in 2012.

For more information, please see: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/youth_08202013.htm


Long-term Unemployment Over Men's Careers, August 2013

The United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report that examined long-term unemployment (more than 27 weeks), entry into and out of long-term spells of unemployment, and the effect of long-term unemployment on average wages. The period of study covered the mid-1980s through 2009. More than 22 percent of the men in the study experienced at least one long-term spell of unemployment from their labor market entry through 2009. On average, the first long-term unemployment spell lasted 55 weeks. The majority of men eventually found another job, although the average hourly wage declined more than 17 percent from two years before the beginning of the first long-term unemployment spell to the year after it began. Hourly wages began to trend upwards in the years following the first long-term unemployment spell. However, four years after onset of the first long-term unemployment spell, average hourly wages were still at seven percent below what they were four years before the spell began.

For more information, please see: http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-2/long-term-unemployment-over-mens-careers.htm


Innovations and Future Directions for Workforce Development in the Post-Recession Era, July 2013

The Urban Institute held a roundtable with experts representing a diverse range of perspectives on U.S. workers. They were charged with informing a broad workforce policy agenda that would reflect the nation's changing economic and government landscape. The experts set out to explore innovative approaches to meeting employer demand for skilled workers, and to address unemployment. This report highlights the workforce innovations and practices that attendees felt held both the most promise and the most challenges for ensuring a more effective U.S. workforce system.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412884-Innovations-and-Future-Directions-for-Workforce-Development.pdf


Who Are the Long-Term Unemployed?, July 2013

The Urban Institute released a report discussing the community of the long-term unemployed. Individuals who have been out of work for more than 26 weeks (the long-term unemployed) tend to be less educated and are more likely to be non-white, unmarried, disabled, impoverished, and to have worked previously in the construction industry and construction occupations. The long-term unemployed have much more in common with workers who are newly unemployed and workers who have become discouraged and dropped out of the labor force. This suggests that solutions to long-term unemployment may be effective for other workers who have experienced other forms of labor market distress.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412885-who-are-the-long-term-unemployed.pdf


Exploring the Digital Nation: America's Emerging Online Experience, June 2013

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration released a report based on data from the Census Bureau's July 2011 Current Population Survey (CPS) Computer and Internet Use Supplement. This study presents data collected from 53,000 households, reporting on American's online activities from job searching and training, to other research. The report shows that widespread Internet use benefits society.

For more information, please see: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/exploring_the_digital_nation_-_americas_emerging_online_experience.pdf


Literature Review: Career Pathways Programs, June 2013

Under the auspices of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation and the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Implementation, Systems and Outcomes Project, this paper summarizes the existing research on career pathways programs and their outcomes. Program designs and methods of implementation are examined, and a review of existing outcome and impact studies is presented. Finally, suggestions are given for future research, in particular the HPOG National Evaluation.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/cp_lit_review_final_62613_edits.pdf


Model Program for Long-Term Career Advancement of Low-Income Adults, June 2013

MDRC released a policy brief titled, "WorkAdvance: Testing a New Approach to Increase Employment Advancement for Low-Skilled Adults." This policy brief details a new skills-building model designed to help low-income adults prepare for, enter, and succeed in obtaining quality jobs in high-demand fields with opportunities for career growth. It applies known strategies in sector-based employment programs and combines them with promising practices from career coaching once participants are placed into jobs.

For more information, please see: http://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/WorkAdvance_Brief.pdf


New Day, New Way: Workforce System Certification Toolkit and Service Mapping Training, June 2013

On behalf of The U.S. Department of Labor, the Social Policy Research Associates and AHA Consulting released a toolkit that describes Oklahoma's Workforce System Certification process – a Governor-backed initiative to encourage voluntary collaboration across partners to create a shared vision for local economic needs and strategies to meet them. This toolkit presents six useful steps: system building, standards and measures, the review process, a self-assessment tool, certification application, and lessons learned from three pilot areas.

For more information, please see: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/2001319242547292051


Tangled Up in Data? – Putting Workforce Data to Work in Employment and Education Programs, June 2013

This U.S. Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Webinar showed individuals how to use workforce data to identify growing and in-demand jobs, to determine which of them are good jobs, and ascertain what preparatory education and training are needed to qualify for them. The webinar identifies some of the best multi-purpose e-tools that incorporate workforce data, job ads, and other job-related information in one place -- including a new resource that explains what kind of information is available from different e-tools.

For more information, please see: https://www.workforce3one.org/ws/www/Folders/3001311941231487691/webinar.htm


We've Got Your Numbers –- Key Workforce Trends, June 2013

The U.S. Employment and Training Administration (ETA) released a series of tables and charts to track key workforce trends in employment, unemployment, earnings, and educational attainment, covering the entire labor force as well as data for youth and older workers, gender, race (including Native Americans), Hispanic origin, persons with disabilities, veterans, and foreign-born workers. Each posting includes 1) a spreadsheet showing annual statistics for as far back as consistent data exist, 2) one or more charts, and 3) a narrative explanation of highlights and trends. This series is primarily intended to assist State and local employment program staff, but should also be useful to grant applicants and recipients, the public, educators, policymakers, and Federal program staff.

For more information, please see: https://winwin.workforce3one.org/view/4001315159019850624/info


Work Advance – Testing a New Approach to Increase Employment Advancement for Low-Skilled Adults, June 2013

MDRC released a new policy brief that discusses a new skills-building model designed to help low-income adults prepare for, enter, and succeed in quality jobs in high-demand fields with opportunities for career growth. WorkAdvance uses strategies found in sector-based employment programs, combined with career coaching after participants are placed into jobs.

For more information, please see: http://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/WorkAdvance_Brief.pdf?utm_source=MDRC+Updates&utm_campaign=510bb22309-New_from_MDRC_June_20_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_504d5ac165-510bb22309-34935481


Profiles of Organizations Working to Improve Job Quality, May 2013

This report from Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative discusses the challenges of work in the direct-care, residential construction, restaurant and retail industries. It includes profiles of organizations and describes the strategies they are using to improve job quality in these industries.

For more information, please see: http://www.aspenwsi.org/2013/05/02/release-job-quality-reports/


ETA's New E-Tool Features and Enhancements, April 2013

The Department of Labor (DOL) Employment & Training Administration (ETA) released new features and enhancements to its range of online electronic tools (E-tools) to assist individuals in exploring careers, and preparing for and finding employment. ETA's E-tools help individuals explore career opportunities and link to job postings to make informed employment and education choices.

For more information, please see: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEN/TEN_29_12.pdf


The Office of Vocational and Adult Education Releases New Career Pathways Brief on Employer Engagement, April 2013

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) has recently released the Engaging Employers to Support Adult Career Pathways Programs issue brief as part of their ongoing effort to support the development of high-quality Adult Career Pathway (ACP) programs. The new issue brief provides strategies and promising practices that support States and programs tackling the issue of employer engagement.

For more information, please see: http://www.acp-sc.org/wp-content/themes/cp/assets/downloads/Policy_Brief_Engaging_Employers.pdf


What We Know About Workforce Development for Low-Income Workers: Evidence, Background, and Ideas for the Future, National Poverty Center, April 2013

The National Poverty Center released a working paper bibliography summarizing research on the structure and effectiveness of workforce development programs. The paper covers evidence on the overall effectiveness of job training and other active labor market programs, several proposals to improve them, and the impact of the Great Recession on workforce development in the U.S. It also discusses the growing skills and earnings gaps between rich and poor Americans, and provides evidence on training and advancement programs.

For more information, please see: http://npc.umich.edu/publications/u/2013-09-npc-working-paper.pdf


Workforce System Strategies – Community Colleges and Workforce Partnerships, April 2013

Workforce One developed the Workforce System Strategies' Community Colleges and Workforce Partnership resource page. This page provides research sources related to education and training for unemployed and underemployed adults, with topics and target populations ranging from Community Colleges, Career Pathways, Limited Skills, and Online Trainings.

For more information, please see: http://strategies.workforce3one.org/news/view/community-colleges-and-workforce-partnerships


Advancing in America's Lower-Wage Workforce: Employer and Worker Perspectives, March 2013

The Associated Press and National Opinion Research Center's (NORC) Center for Public Affairs released a report on a two-part study conducted to better understand how lower-wage workers and employers think about jobs and opportunities for advancing workers' careers. This study revealed six critical issues with the potential to inform the policy conversation around investments in America's new economy and the workers who help drive it.

For more information, please see: http://www.apnorc.org/PDFs/Wages/AP_NORC_Low%20Wage%20Earners_Final.pdf


Connecting At-Risk Youth to Promising Occupations, March 2013

The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation released a brief that examines promising occupations for at-risk youth that features sufficient compensation and could put them on a path to becoming independent adults. Key features are used to identify promising occupations, and based on these criteria, opportunities in two fields are highlighted -- health care and construction. A number of work-based learning and career pathway programs are also discussed, including the Administration for Children and Families' Health Profession Opportunity Grants program.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/connect_at_risk.pdf


Funding Career Pathways and Career Pathways Bridges: A Federal Funding Toolkit for States, March 2013

This toolkit, developed by CLASP, is aimed at States who are interested in developing a career pathways or career pathways bridge program. Key components of each type of program are discussed as well as Federal funding sources that can be used to develop and implement a program. Additionally, suggestions are given for policy or programmatic actions States can take to help fully fund a career pathways program. This toolkit acts as a primer for State representatives and would be particularly useful to TANF stakeholders looking to design and fund a career pathways program.

For more information, please see: http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/CPToolkit2012_V1R4.pdf


Innovative City and State Funding Approaches to Supporting Subsidized Employment and Transitional Jobs, March 2013

This joint paper by the National Transitional Jobs Network at Heartland Alliance and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) provides suggestions and examples of innovative funding strategies for subsidized job programs to cities, States, and other public-sector entities that are considering or have decided to implement or expand subsidized employment programming. In particular, the paper may be helpful to sites that operate subsidized employment programs under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Fund and are interested in building on that experience but can no longer access TANF funds at the previous scale. The paper analyzes these strategies and makes recommendations based on prior successes.

For more information, please see: http://www.bigideasforjobs.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/2a_Warland-Young-Lower-Basch_Transitional-Jobs-Report.pdf


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Releases the New Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9, March 2013

A revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 is now available from USCIS. The revision provides additional instructions to employees and employers and includes new fields and form revisions to reduce errors. USCIS has also created free Webinars to help employers learn more about the new form. All employers must use this new form as of May 7, 2013.

Click here to download the I-9 form


Updated Resource for States: Toolkit on Federal Funding for Career Pathways, March 2013

CLASP has released an updated resource entitled, Funding Career Pathways and Career Pathway Bridges: A Federal Funding Toolkit. This toolkit is designed to help interagency State teams identify and facilitate 'braiding' of Federal resources to build career pathways for adults and out-of-school youth. This new edition includes State and local examples and revised program profiles reflecting critical legislative and administrative changes to key Federal programs. A new appendix identifies ten Federal funding sources that can be used to provide a wide range of support services.

For more information, please see: http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/CPToolkit2012_V1R4.pdf For more information, please see: http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/CPToolkit2012_V1R4.pdf


Young Adult Employment, March 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report on young adult employment. This report indicates that young adult's employment varies by education. Highlights from the study reveal that at age 25, people with more education were more likely to be employed than people with less education. Among people who had completed a bachelor's degree or more education and were no longer enrolled in school, 91 percent were employed in civilian jobs during October when age 25, in comparison to the 60 percent of high school dropouts who were employed in civilian jobs in the October they were age 25.

For more information, please see: http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130307.htm


Steady Gains on the Path to Recovery, February 2013

The United States Department of Labor's (DOL) job report for February 2013 shows solid, steady growth in jobs. The economy added 157,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in January 2013, while the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.9 percent. January's report marks 35 consecutive months of private sector job growth totaling more than 6.1 million jobs. It also shows that the economy gained 2.25 million private sector jobs in 2012.

For more information, please see: http://social.dol.gov/blog/steady-gains-on-the-path-to-recovery/


2012: A Strong Year of Consistent Growth, January 2013

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) released an article addressing the steady gains that have occurred across different sectors of the economy for the past three years. The Jobs Report marks 34 straight months of private sector job growth, which have added close to 5.8 million jobs to the economy. To close off 2012, December finished a strong year of consistent growth with an average increase of around 160,000 private sector jobs per month.



To view article, please see: http://social.dol.gov/blog/2012-a-strong-year-of-consistent-growth/

To view Jobs Report, please see: http://bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm


Workforce Data Podcasts Now Available, January 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration has issued six new Quick-Lesson Podcasts to help individuals find and use workforce statistics on unemployment, worker dislocation, projections, industries, the economy, and states and localities. The podcasts presume no previous subject matter or statistical knowledge, making it accessible for a broad variety of audiences and purposes. Each presentation includes basic definitions, a brief historical background, links to the most important data sources, and practical tips on how to interpret and use the data.

To obtain transcripts and listen to podcasts, please visit: https://winwin.workforce3one.org/view/New_QuickLesson_Podcast_Series/info


America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow's Jobs, 2013

The National Governors' Association (NGA) announced a new year-long initiative, detailed in the brief, "America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow's Jobs." The initiative will concentrate on improvement of the education and workforce training systems, as well as alignment of those systems with the needs of individual State economies.

For more information, please see: http://www.nga.org/files/live/sites/NGA/files/pdf/2013/CI1314AmericaWorks.pdf


E-Verify Employee Rights Toolkit, 2013

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has an online Employee Rights Toolkit. This toolkit comes in both English and Spanish and is designed to increase awareness about employee rights in the employment eligibility process. It contains a variety of educational materials such as employee rights videos, flyers, and posters.

To view this toolkit in its entirety, please see: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify


Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People, 2013

The Center for Economic and Policy Research released the book, Getting Back to Full Employment, a follow-up to a book written a decade ago titled, The Benefits of Full Employment in 2003. This new book builds on the evidence presented in The Benefits of Employment, showing that real wage growth for workers in the bottom half of the income scale is highly dependent on the overall rate of unemployment. The book also presents a broad set of policies designed to boost growth and get the unemployment rate down to a level where far more workers have a fighting chance of getting ahead.

For more information, please see: http://www.cepr.net/documents/Getting-Back-to-Full-Employment_20131118.pdf


Innovations in Welfare Policy: Building Successful Pathways, A Sector-Based, Career Advancement Model, 2013

Burst for Prosperity is an ongoing initiative of the Children's Home Society of Washington that is currently studying the challenges and trends in connecting low-income families with career pathways opportunities. This report comes out of the initiative and presents the Career Advancement Model which seeks to connect low-income individuals to sector based careers, driven by the labor market. The core components of this model are discussed, as well as suggested steps for implementing the model.

For more information, please see: http://www.chs-wa.org/uploadedFiles/Burst/Career%20Advancement%20White%20Paper%20-%20Jan%202013.pdf


Office of Family Assistance - Career Pathways: Catalog of Toolkits, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Family Assistance is proud to announce the launch of Career Pathways: Catalog of Toolkits, an online directory of free resources available for planning a Career Pathways initiative. Toolkits in this Catalog provide clear action steps for starting a Career Pathways initiative and help different sectors - education, workforce, human services, industry, and policy - learn to communicate with each other about resources and priorities.

Click here to access the toolkit.


One-Stop Shopping for Successful Reemployment Practices, 2013

Department of Labor's Workforce3One recently posted 20 Innovation in Action write-ups that were gathered from successful reemployment practices shared by States with the Employment and Training Administration. They include processes, procedures or systems implemented by States that have resulted in process improvements and/or resource or cost savings. The successful practices were identified either through objective measures or subjective methods such as expert opinions, and include a detailed description, contact information and related attachments.

To view these practices, please see: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/3001311252328410870


Taking Root: The Virginia Career Pathways System, 2013

In 2008, Virginia set out to design and implement a statewide career pathways initiative to better meet the needs of regional employers. This report is a case study of Virginia's experience and highlights lessons learned through the process. Virginia's system has garnered attention because it was developed with very little additional funding, a reality for many States in the current economy.

For more information, please see: http://old.vccs.edu/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=FAv9OkLwIgA%3d&tabid=76


Young People's Views on Literacy Skills and Employment, 2013

The National Literacy Trust released a report outlining the level of importance young individuals place on literacy skills in regards to their employment prospects. In addition to this, it briefly outlines the vital role that technology plays in the lives of young individuals and the degree to which this is linked to wider employment skills. A complementary report presents evidence on employers' views on literacy and employability.

To view the report, please see To view the complementary report, please see


Slow Recovery in the Job Market, December 2012

The Brookings Institute released an article discussing the job market's progression in the past couple of years. Employment continued to improve modestly, unemployment edged down, and wage gains were approximately equal to price inflation in 2012. The health of the job market is improving at a steady but comparatively slow pace. Jobless workers have seen improvements in their chances of finding a job, but wage and benefit improvements have lagged behind gains in worker productivity.

For more information, please see: http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/up-front/posts/2012/12/26-job-market-burtless


Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity, December 2012

In the KIDS COUNT policy report, the Casey Foundation finds that nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor in the workforce. With employment among young people at its lowest levels since the 1950s, these youth are veering toward chronic unemployment as adults and failing to gain the skills employers need in the 21st century. In addition to new national and state data on the issue, the report offers recommendations to support youth in gaining a stronger foothold in the economy.

For more information, please see: http://www.aecf.org/~/media/Pubs/Initiatives/KIDS%20COUNT/Y/youthandworkpolicyreport/kidscountyouthandwork.pdf


Youth Unemployment Soars in Past Decade, December 2012

Nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor in the workforce, veering toward chronic underemployment as adults and failing to gain the skills employers need in the 21st century, according to a new KIDS COUNT® report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The number of working youth dropped by almost half since 2000, while employment among young people is at its lowest level since the 1950s. This article highlights the "Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity" report that presents State-by-State data and highlights how issues of teen unemployment are exacerbated among youth from low-income families and among minority populations. It also emphasizes the need to provide multiple, flexible pathways to success for disconnected young people and to find ways to reengage high school dropouts.

For more information, please see: http://www.aecf.org/Newsroom/NewsReleases/HTML/2012Releases/YouthUnemploymentSoars.aspx


How Does Our Economic Future Compare with That of 2008? A Glimpse at America's Road to Recovery, November 2012

The Brookings Institute posted an article that discusses the results of November's employment analysis for the United States. This article explores whether America's economic future looks brighter today than it did four years ago, finding that the data indicates it does. Today's employment report showed that the nation's unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 7.9 percent in October, and remained below 8 percent for the second month in a row. Reasons for the recent improvement in economic stability is addressed, a comparison between the current economic market and that of 2008, as well as an explanation of the evolution of job gaps since 1997.

For more information, please see: http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/jobs/posts/2012/11/02-economy-jobs-greenstone-looney


States Invited to Apply for Advancing Career and Technical Education/Career Pathways Project, November 2012

The U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), in collaboration with its contractor, Jobs for the Future, invites States to apply to participate in Advancing Career and Technical Education (CTE) in State and Local Career Pathways Systems, a two-year project to help States integrate CTE Programs of Study (POS) into their broader Career Pathways system development efforts. Five States will be selected through a competitive application process. Each selected State will implement a Career Pathways action plan with targeted technical assistance from an assigned State coach and from subject matter experts. In addition to direct technical assistance, State teams will participate in: a) face-to-face in-state team meetings; b) virtual meetings among the five participating State teams; and c) networking and information sharing with other participating State teams via a virtual hub. The deadline for submission of State applications is 5:00 PM EST, December 10, 2012.

For more information, please see: http://cte.ed.gov/nationalinitiatives/advancing_cte.cfm


Tepid Labor Market Recovery Continues; Unemployment Rate Likely to be Stuck at 7.9 Percent, November 2012

The Brookings Institute released a November employment report showing small upticks in both the unemployment rate and the labor force participation rate. These numbers were in line with last month's forecast and confirmed that the labor market is slowly improving, driven mostly by a slow increase in hiring. Given the slow improvement in hiring and the elevated rate of job separation, it is forecasted that the unemployment rate is to remain close to its current level over the next six months. Statistical graphs representing current trends and forecasted trends for varying employment topics are also included.

For more information, please see: http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/up-front/posts/2012/11/02-jobs-forecast


The Employment Situation, November 2012

The Bureau of Labor Statistics published a news release stating in-depth the employment situation for October 2012. This release covers employment statistics by race, gender and employment type. Analysis of recent statistics found that the total non-farm payroll employment increased by 171,000, that the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.9 percent and that employment rose in professional and business services, health care, and retail trade.

For more information, please see: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm


The Opportunity Index, November 2012

Opportunity Nation, in partnership with Measure of America, has developed an Opportunity Index that measures a number of indicators at the county and State levels that contribute to economic opportunity and mobility, which together help measure the opportunities that are present in different communities. Central questions that the Index focuses on are: Are there good jobs? Do most young people graduate from high school on time? Are family doctors around? How does a specific neighborhood and region affect employment, education, housing and safety? These dimensions are measured in The Community Index to produce an overall opportunity score and grade for all U.S. States plus Washington, DC. The Index also is used to grade over 2,400 U.S. counties.

For more information, please see: http://opportunityindex.org/#4.00/36.00/-97.00/


Webinar: Maximizing Multiple Funding Streams to Improve Employment Outcomes, November 2012

On November 28, 2012, the Office of Family Assistance hosted the second Webinar in a series highlighting promising practices for building sustainable subsidized employment programs. This Webinar provided an overview of the available funding streams for subsidized employment programs; discussed the varied funding sources' requirements and restrictions and how they can be combined and leveraged; and outlined practical strategies used by peer agencies to create/expand subsidized employment programs for TANF participants and low-income workers. Presenters for this Webinar included representatives from MDRC, the Connecticut Department of Labor, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in Connecticut, and the Ohio Human Relations Council.

MMFS Webinar - Slides [PDF - 1,828 KB]

MMFS - Transcript [PDF - 320 KB]

MMFS - Q & A Responses [PDF - 133 KB]


Americans Back to Work; Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.8 Percent, October 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that the U.S. labor market added 114,000 non-farm payroll jobs in September 2012, while the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent, its lowest level since January 2009. Additionally, 86,000 more Americans found jobs in July and August than had been previously reported. This report discusses in further detail the causes of the drop in unemployment, as well as new preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For more information, please see: http://social.dol.gov/blog/americans-back-to-work-unemployment-rate-drops-to-7-8-percent/


Job Growth During the Recovery, October 2012

The Congressional Research Service released a report discussing a number of bills Congress has passed in recent years intended to jump-start a recovery in the labor market from the recession that began in 2007. The report addresses how the labor market responded to these measures, and critiques how well the legislation has worked towards providing additional jobs. Employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is analyzed in this report from December 2007 to September 2012. An in depth review of the recession and its effects on the labor market are also touched upon.

For more information, please see: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41434.pdf


New Online Workplace Flexibility Toolkit, October 2012

The Office of Disability Employment Policy launched the Workplace Flexibility Toolkit. This Toolkit makes more than 170 resources easily accessible for workers and job seekers with complex employment situations, such as parents with young children, single parents, family caregivers, mature workers, at-risk youth, ex-offenders, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people with HIV/AIDS. Visitors may access case studies, fact and tip sheets, issue briefs, reports, articles, websites and a list of frequently asked questions. This Toolkit is funded by the ODEP in partnership with the department's Women's Bureau.

For more information, please see: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/odep/ODEP20122014.htm


Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): Welfare-to-Work Revisited, October 2012

The Congressional Research Service released a report on October 02, 2012 that examined the work participation standards and requirements for cash assistance recipients of the TANF block grant, which was created in the 1996 Welfare Reform law. This report provides a short history of work requirements in programs that provide cash assistance to needy families with children; reviews the major studies that contribute to the knowledge of what types of welfare-to-work programs are effective; discusses the TANF work provisions that apply directly to individuals; discusses the TANF work participation standards that apply to States; and addresses future issues for Congressional discussion, such as how work standards can address changing circumstances and the difficulties of measuring performance of States in the context of a block grant.

For more information, please see: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42768.pdf


The Employment Situation, October 2012

The Bureau of Labor Statistics published a news release stating in-depth the employment situation for October 2012. This release covers employment statistics by race, gender and employment type. Analysis of recent statistics found that the total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 171,000, that the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.9 percent and that employment rose in professional and business services, health care, and retail trade.

For more information, please see: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm


The Problem with Structural Unemployment in the U.S., October 2012

The Center for Economic and Policy Research published an issue brief discussing the root cause of unemployment in the United States. Explanations of current levels of unemployment as resulting from structural unemployment, or a mismatch between the skills of the unemployed and the types of jobs available is discussed. Evidence indicating that unemployment is actually a lack of aggregate demand is confirmed with strong evidence and graphical representations of data collected over the past six years.

For more information, please see: http://www.cepr.net/documents/publications/structural-unemployment-2012-10.pdf


The Response of the U.S. Public Workforce System to High Unemployment During the Great Recession, October 2012

This paper is a part of the Urban Institute's Unemployment and Recovery Project, an initiative to assess unemployment's effect on individuals, families, and communities; gauge government policies' effectiveness; and recommend policy changes to boost job creation, improve workers' job prospects, and support out-of-work Americans. This paper discusses the Great Recession and the high unemployment that followed, as well as how the workforce system responded to challenges, its performance over the past five years, and the adequacy of its funding system. It concludes that the American public policy response to the Great Recession was unbalanced and did not fully serve the immediate needs of unemployed workers by adequately funding reemployment and training services.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412679-The-Response-of-the-US-Public-Workforce-System-to-High-Unemployment.pdf


DOL Boosts Unemployment Insurance Program Integrity, Performance and System Improvement Projects, September 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor announced grants to 30 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for Unemployment Insurance program integrity, performance and system improvement projects. The grants will support the integrity of the UI program through the prevention, detection and recovery of improper UI benefit payments by assisting States in addressing the core root causes of UI improper payments, updating information technology system infrastructures, and expanding their use of re-employment and eligibility.

For more information, please see: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20121951.htm


Economic Security for Extremely Vulnerable Families: Themes and Options for Workforce Development and Asset Strategies, September 2012

This recently released research study from the Urban Institute identifies promising approaches that could be implemented within the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Center for Economic Opportunity program to assist the most vulnerable families, of which families escaping domestic violence are included. The research indicates that programs can improve a vulnerable family's employability and savings; however, the most successful interventions are "high touch," longer in length than standard programs, and therefore, more expensive. Also highlighted is the importance of creating partnerships with healthcare providers, as this is often a significant barrier to stability for these families that remains unaddressed.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412699-Economic-Security-for-Extremely-Vulnerable-Families.pdf?RSSFeed=UI_Poverty,AssetsandSafetyNet.xml


Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals While Meeting Local Employer Needs, September 2012

On September 27, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, the Office of Family Assistance hosted the first Webinar in a series highlighting promising practices for building sustainable subsidized employment programs. This Webinar provided an overview of different types of subsidized employment programs that can work in different settings and with different types of employers; discussed the varied funding streams utilized and strategies for matching subsidized employment opportunities to local labor markets and employer needs; and outlined practical strategies used by peer agencies for creating targeted subsidized employment programs. Presenters for this webinar included representatives from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the Oregon Department of Human Services, the city and county of San Francisco Human Services Agency, and MDRC.



Webinar Slides [PDF - 2,655 KB]

Webinar Audio (with Slides) [MP4 - 114,611 KB]

Webinar Q &A [PDF - 179 KB]

Webinar Transcript [PDF - 317 KB]


Networking for Women Veterans, September 2012

Providing vital resources to homeless women veterans is a priority for the Women's Bureau U.S. Department of Labor. "Women in the Military: Resources for Benefits and Trauma-Informed Care" roundtable hosted by the bureau last week brought together 50 representatives from homeless shelters, medical centers, community-based organizations, and State and federal organizations. The bureau's Angela Rizzolo, who organized the roundtable with the Massachusetts Women's Veterans' Network, gave an in-depth presentation on how to use the "Trauma-Informed Care Guide." The will continue to host a series of roundtables to educate service providers on the resources available to help homeless women veterans find a path to good jobs and financial security.

For more information, please see: http://www.dol.gov/wb/trauma/WBTraumaGuide2011.pdf


OFA Regions V and VII TANF Priority Update Meeting, September 2012

On September 11-12, 2012, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) Regions V and VII convened State TANF program directors and other key stakeholders in Chicago, Illinois to strategically engage with peers on effectively providing services to families in a recovering economy and to brainstorm better ways to help TANF participants achieve self-sufficiency. The TANF Priority Update Meeting consisted of multiple sessions covering an array of topics, including: business process management; strategies to improve postsecondary career pathways for low-income workers; developing and sustaining employment entry, access, retention, and advancement for TANF participants and low-income clients; improving services and tracking outcomes for special populations; innovative strategies for client assessment and service coordination; and effective strategies for engaging workforce partners through summer youth employment and subsidized employment.

Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services [PDF - 1,905 KB]

Assessment and Case Management [PDF - 379 KB]

Best Practices for Developing and Sustaining [PDF - 617 KB]

Business Process Management [PDF - 218 KB]

Chicago Agenda [PDF - 495 KB]

Developing and Sustaining Employment Entry,Access, Retention [PDF - 812 KB]

Disparities Reduction Innovation Projects [PDF - 201 KB]

Employment Service Considerations for Adults with a Major Mental Illness Using TANF MFIP Services [PDF - 665 KB]

Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Project [PDF - 771 KB]

Maximizing WIA Youth Funds to Support Summer Youth Employment Initiatives [PDF - 897 KB]

Practical Strategies for Assessing Job Seekers for Employment [PDF - 850 KB]

The Functional Assessment [PDF - 867 KB]

Wisconsin W2 takeup study [PDF - 393 KB]

Final Summary Report [PDF - 1,172 KB]


How States Have Spent Federal and State Funds Under the TANF Block Grant, August 2012

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has created a report that analyzes the changes in Federal TANF and State Maintenance of Effort (MOE) expenditures since 1997, with a focus on the past decade. A detailed examination of key spending trends across all States, as well as a highlight of the variations across States in TANF/MOE funds spending, are also addressed in this report.

For more information, please see: http://www.cbpp.org/files/8-7-12tanf.pdf


Stackable Credentials Webinar, August 2012

The Office of Family Assistance hosted a Webinar on August 28, 2012 to provide Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) agencies, workforce organizations, and other human services stakeholders with an overview of the strategies that can be used to provide low-income individuals with stackable credentials that will lead to long-term, sustainable employment. The Webinar featured information on what stackable credentials and career pathways are and how they can help low-income individuals achieve success. Presenters also provided information on methods for stackable credential/career pathways program design, as well as methods for integrating these components into transitional jobs and subsidized employment programs, and encouraged collaboration between government agencies and community partners to better serve TANF participants. Presenters included representatives from Heartland Human Care Services - Heartland Alliance, the Minnesota FastTRAC Initiative, the New York City Parks Opportunity Program (POP), and the Edmonds Community College HPOG program - Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare (CATCH).

Stackable Credentials Webinar - Transcript [PDF - 349 KB]

Stackable Credentials Webinar - Q & A [PDF - 239 KB]

Stackable Credentials Webinar - PowerPoint Slides [PDF - 5,750 KB]


Youth Employment Turning the Corner in 2012, August 2012

Employment opportunities are growing for young Americans, according to a recent analysis by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. July was a peak employment month for youth as large numbers of students took on summer work and new graduates entered the job market. The BLS report showed that 19.5 million young people were employed in July 2012, up from 18.6 million a year ago. The youth unemployment rate showed a significant decline, falling to 17.1 percent, down two percentage points from 2010. Additionally, the share of young people employed in July 2012 climbed back up to 50.2 percent from its historic low last year. Altogether, these are positive signs for youth who were hit hard by the 2007 recession.

To view the annual report on youth employment, please see: http://bls.gov/news.release/youth.nr0.htm


(Work in Progress): The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Labor, July 2012

In this blog, the U.S. Department of Labor's offices provide Department news to help connect you to the Department. The Department is charged with creating pathways to profitable employment and ensuring safe and healthy workplaces. The Department is charged with creating pathways to profitable employment and ensuring safe and healthy workplaces. A recent entry provides an overview of recent decisions by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission to protect miners from discrimination. The decisions support the rights of miners in freely addressing health and safety concerns in their workplace.

For more information, please see: http://social.dol.gov/blog/


ACF/OFA Region IV and DOL-ETA Region III TANF and WIA: Strengthening Pathways to Employment Meeting, July 2012

In response to the technical assistance and program needs of States throughout the Southeast, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Region IV, and the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Region IIII, hosted a technical assistance meeting from July 24-26, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. This meeting allowed member States to work alongside their peers to outline specific challenges faced by TANF and WIA agencies and the families they serve and posit plausible peer-based solutions for moving low-income and working families toward economic self-sufficiency. State TANF and WIA directors and program staff also discussed ways to promote interagency collaboration. Topics included: engaging veterans and military families in the TANF and WIA systems; leveraging partnerships to strengthen subsidized employment and transitional job initiatives; developing demand-driven career pathways for low-income individuals and TANF participants; maximizing WIA youth and TANF funds to support summer youth employment initiatives; and improving skill-building for low-income individuals and TANF participants with barriers to employment.

Agenda [PDF - 390 KB]

Participant List [PDF - 211 KB]

Project HOPE [PDF - 1,312 KB]

Functional Capacity [PDF - 282 KB]

OCSE [PDF - 754 KB]

Righ Choice Program [PDF - 1,125 KB]

National Transitional Jobs Network [PDF - 182 KB]

Subsidized employment and transitional jobs: What we know from research [PDF - 398 KB]

South Central TN Workforce Alliance [PDF - 363 KB]

TANF in Georgia [PDF - 408 KB]

TANF 101 [PDF - 226 KB]

WIA: A Primer [PDF - 1,146 KB]

Final Summary Report [PDF - 1,236 KB]


Final Report: Community Solutions for Opportunity Youth, June 2012

Authored by the White House Council for Community Solutions, this report presents recommendations for community initiatives for supporting youth and youth employment. The Council identified collaboratives that have had success in engaging this population and provides information on how other programs can replicate best practices from existing programs. Among programs identified, authors provide the core principles, characteristics of success, and supportive resources.

For more information, please see: http://www.serve.gov/new-images/council/pdf/12_0604whccs_finalreport.pdf


Findings from the Jobs Now Program: Findings From the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funded Subsidized Employment Program in San Francisco, California, June 2012

This report highlights outcomes from San Francisco's Jobs Now program, a subsidized employment program that began under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). It explains the program's design, how the city engaged with employers to secure jobs for participants and outcomes related to job attainment, job retention and wages. The Jobs Now program has continued even after ARRA funds were no longer available (though on a smaller scale) and the city is currently operating its fourth iteration of the program.

In addition to the report, more information about Jobs Now can be found at: http://www.sfhsa.org/1537.htm


Global Labor Market: Demand and Skill Gaps, June 2012

The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) released a report in June 2012 analyzing the dramatic shifts in the global labor markets over the past several decades, causing blatant skill and wage gaps across the world. This report addressed the trends in advanced economies, with the creation of high-paying jobs for those workers who have attained high levels of education, and the stagnant wages and job losses for those workers with low educational attainment. Income trends within the United States are discussed, as well as predictions of labor market dynamics for the next two decades.

For more information, please see: http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/mgi/research/labor_markets/the_world_at_work


Hard Evidence on Soft Skills, June 2012

The National Bureau of Economic Research released a paper summarizing recent evidence on what achievement tests measure; how achievement tests relate to other measures of cognitive ability; the important skills that achievement tests miss or mis-measure, and how much these skills matter in life. It discusses the inability to adequately capture soft skills – personality traits, goals, motivations, and preferences – that are valued in the labor market, schools, and in many other domains. The overarching message of the paper states that soft skills predict success in life, and that programs that enhance soft skills have an important place in an effective portfolio of public policies.

For more information, please see: http://www.nber.org/papers/w18121.pdf?new_window=1


The State of the U.S. Workforce System, June 2012

This research report was authored through the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. Authors discuss workforce trends and answer the question, "What would a 21st Century workforce system look like if we built it for today's economy, using today's tools and processes?" Currently, key trends include slow economic growth, changing labor markets, advances in information technology, demographic changes, and reduced funding. Using these trends, authors then describe where the workforce development system should be heading to support the economy.

For more information, please see: http://www.heldrich.rutgers.edu/sites/default/files/content/State_of_US_Workforce_System_Report.pdf


Labor Market and Demographic Analysis: A National Picture of Short-Term Employment Growth by Skill, May 2012

The Urban Institute recently published a report discussing short-term employment growth in the United States. The labor market analysis anticipates that over the next five years, employment growth is projected to be slightly higher for jobs that require both the lowest and highest levels of education, although job growth is modest to slow across the board. It also found that the prospects for low-skill workers in the short-term are best in the leisure and hospitality sector and the professional and business services sector, with additional jobs appearing in construction as that sector continues to recover. In addition, it discusses how the low-skilled unemployed are more likely to be young, workers of color, or to have a health problem that interferes with work than similarly skilled employed or higher-skilled unemployed workers. These are factors that are likely to make finding work in a slack labor market even more challenging.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412591-Labor-Market-and-Demographic-Analysis.pdf


ASPE Research Brief- Recent Employment Patterns among Parents, April 2012

This Research Brief analyzes quarterly data from the Current Population Survey, the nation's primary data collection instrument for labor force activity. Analyses of the employment patterns of persons with children under age 18 show that they have largely mirrored the employment patterns of the rest of the labor force since the beginning of the most recent recession, including a decrease in employment. Findings show an increase in the percent of couples with neither parent employed and an increase in the percent of single mothers who were neither employed nor living with an employed cohabiting partner.

For more information, please see: http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/12/EmploymentPatterns/rb.shtml


Employment Characteristics of Families: 2011, April 2012

This summary is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and provides 2011 data on employment in the United States. In 2011, 11.5 percent of families included an unemployed person, falling from 12.4 percent in 2010. The labor force participation rate for mothers with children under age 18 was 70.6 percent in 2011. Authors report on data related to employment, unemployment, and family relationships that are collected as part of the Current Population Survey, which includes 60,000 households.

For more information, please see: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/famee.pdf


Green Jobs: Where are They?, April 2012

This report was published as part of the Jobs for the Future Initiative, and specifically, its GreenWays Initiative. The GreenWays Initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor through Pathways Out of Poverty and the Green Jobs Innovation Fund and provides workforce services to employers and workers seeking to advance their careers in the green economy. This issue brief addresses how the green economy emerged and has evolved, and where jobs are located in the emerging green economy. Authors explore how workforce training providers can target programs to where green job opportunities and job growth exist.

For more information, please see: http://www.jff.org/sites/default/files/GreenJobs-WhereAreThey_042312.pdf


Six States Experiment with New Tactics and Tools to Streamline Low-Income Families' Access to Work Support Benefits, April 2012

In April 2012, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and South Carolina take up the challenge of streamlining services that aid low-income working families. The six States have been awarded three-year grants to test and implement easy-to-navigate and quick-to-deliver public benefit systems. The grants are received by the Work Support Strategies: Streamlining Access, Strengthening Families (WSS) initiative, and average about $460,000 per State for each year. Grant money will be used in hopes of increasing innovation and efficiency in government while better meeting the needs of families working hard to make ends meet.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/publications/901498.html


Promising Pathways Initiative Innovation Institute, March 2012

On March 13-14, 2012, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) convened the Promising Pathways Initiative Innovation Institute in Washington, DC. The Promising Pathways Initiative provides technical assistance to state and local TANF programs and nonprofit organizations to promote successful outcomes for low-income families, and seeks to address the knowledge needs of the TANF field through an evidence-informed practice approach. The Initiative is grounded in the research on evidence-based practices. The Promising Pathways Initiative supported ten selected sites from the ten OFA Regions by building capacity of the sites to identify practice and program components; develop and document evidence; and articulate the resulting “story” about the effectiveness of the program or practice. The Innovation Institute focused on capacity-building for evidence-informed practice through identifying and sharing innovative approaches to service delivery for TANF families and low-income populations. Nine of the ten Promising Pathways sites from Regions I through X participated in the Institute. The goals of the Institute were to: (1) Provide cross-site networking between Promising Pathways sites leading to increased capacity to implement evidence-informed practice; (2) Provide interaction and dialogue between Promising Pathways sites surrounding innovative approaches and supportive technical assistance resulting from participation in the Promising Pathways Initiative; and (3) Discuss and examine processes and tools that can be institutionalized in Promising Pathways sites to support sustainable evidence-informed programming for TANF and low-income populations.

Agenda [PDF - 581 KB]

Participant Lists: Site Representatives [PDF - 378 KB] Speakers [PDF - 370 KB] Federal Staff [PDF - 365 KB] TA Team Coaches [PDF - 366 KB] Staff [PDF - 367 KB]

Biographies: Speakers [PDF - 389 KB] Team Leaders [PDF - 375 KB]

Site Information: Arkansas [PDF - 249 KB] Kentucky [PDF - 303 KB] Pennsylvania [PDF - 280 KB]

Communicating Your Mission and Telling Your Story: Ways to Work Presentation [PDF - 379 KB] ICF International Presentation [PDF - 1,096 KB] ICF Social Media Card [PDF - 65 KB] ICF Digital Storyboarding [PDF - 103 KB]

Measuring Return On Investment (ROI) for State Government: Presentation [PDF - 116 KB] Logic Model Template [PDF - 75 KB] Glossary [PDF - 150 KB] Data List [PDF - 161 KB]

Mapping the Assets in Your Community: LINC Infographics [PDF - 4,868 KB] BCT-FSI Asset Mapping Overview [PDF - 8,345 KB]

Making Data Useful: GWU Presentation [PDF - 6,143 KB] Tanana Chiefs Conference Presentation [PDF - 727 KB] Dorcas Place Presentation [PDF - 273 KB]

Moving Innovation Forward: Annie E. Casey Foundation Presentation [PDF - 808 KB]

Promising Innovations: What we learned about Evidence-informed Practice from Our Sites: ICF International Presentation [PDF - 719 KB]

Executive Summary [PDF - 1,241 KB]

Technical Assistance Team [PDF - 164 KB]


Supporting Career Advancement for Low-Skill Adults, March 2012

The Connecticut Employment & Training Commission released a report describing the most prominent State strategies for building and promoting career pathways. These strategies were pulled from a review of literature on career advancement strategies for low-skilled workers over the last decade.

For more information, please see: https://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/OWC/CETC/Committees/Career/Supporting%20Career%20Advancement%20for%20Low-Skill%20Adults.pdf


Employment Program Models for People Experiencing Homelessness: Different Approaches to Program Structure, January 2012

This brief from the Transitional Jobs Network highlights a variety of models currently being used to connect homeless individuals with employment. Models highlighted include transitional jobs, individualized placement support, alternative staffing, customized employment, contextualized basic adult education, adult education bridge programs, and sector-based training. Within each model, a program example is provided for readers to better understand how the strategy is being used in the real world.

For more information, please see: http://www.heartlandalliance.org/ntjn/ntjn-weh-models-1-24-2012.pdf


Youth Resource Connections (YRC), January 2012

Youth Resource Connections is published monthly by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Division of Youth Services. This issue includes information on the White House’s Summer Jobs Initiative to help promote employment among low-income youth during the summer. The Federal Government partnered with the private sector to commit to create 180,000 employment opportunities for these youth. The January issue also includes information on strategies to meet one-stop career center customer needs, among other ETA-related information.

For more information, please see: https://ina.workforce3one.org/view/2001212464151960437/info


Assets for independence: Asset Building for and by Young People, 2012

From the Washington University Center for Social Development, this report provides a summary of articles on savings accounts for youth. By encouraging youth to open savings accounts, their parents may also be motivated to save money as well. This approach can help youth learn to save money at an early age for saving throughout adulthood. The author provides information on policy and program implications and future research.

For more information, please see: http://csd.wustl.edu/Publications/Documents/WP12-27.pdf


Blueprint for An America Built to Last, 2012

From the White House, this report details the President's blueprint for an economy that's built to last, which includes harnessing American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and renewing of American values. The President's blueprint includes action items for businesses, Congress, and the President himself in order to bolster the American economy. For example, one of the President's goals is to foster partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train and place 2 million skilled workers.

For more information, please see: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/blueprint_for_an_america_built_to_last.pdf


Career Pathways and Cluster Skill Development: Promising Models from the United States, 2012

This report was developed for workforce development professions in the United Kingdom; however, it highlights career pathways and cluster programs in several States. From the profiles of the different programs, lessons learned and policy implications are drawn which are helpful to those in the U.S. wishing to replicate a career pathway model.

For more information, please see: http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/docserver/download/5k94g1s6f7td.pdf?expires=1379433561&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=8EBFF5ECCE1E8E8CFD2A892AE842F8B3


Integrated Employment, EmploymentFirst, and U.S. Federal Policy, 2012

This article provides a historical look at federal policy as it relates to the employment of people with disabilities over the last 40 years. Of particular interest to TANF stakeholders is the descriptions of integrated employment and EmploymentFirst, two strategies that the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has promoted to assist individuals with serious disabilities connect with work.

For more information, please see: http://www.dol.gov/odep/pdf/20130501-martinez.pdf


Jobs to Careers Toolkit: A Step-by-Step Guide to Work-based Learning, 2012

This toolkit is a step-by-step guide to designing and implementing employee learning and career advancement projects for frontline workers. Created by Jobs for the Future, the toolkit is a guidebook for job-site practitioners of workforce development: human resources managers, staff developers, and others responsible for employee learning through union-based programs, community colleges, technical schools, and community-based organizations. The toolkit is organized to serve newcomers to work-based earning and those with prior experience but seeking to learn more. It is also a resource for those seeking effective models on specific topics, such as designing curricula based on work objectives or training supervisors to coach or mentor frontline workers. While these resources and examples originate in health care, they are readily adaptable to other work settings and occupations.

To view this toolkit, please see: http://toolkit.jobs2careers.org/devtools/home/


Joint Letter of Commitment, 2012

In April 2012, the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor released a letter endorsing the concept of "Career Pathways" as a promising approach to address the country's challenge of how to prepare workers of all skill levels to participate fully in the country's economic future. The Departments defined Career Pathways as a series of connected education and training strategies and support services that enable individuals to secure industry relevant certification and obtain employment within an occupational area and to advance to higher levels of future education and employment in that areaand encouraged the constituency of each Department to work together to create seamless systems that would result in workers gaining industry-recognized credentials and jobs with family-sustaining wages.

To view this letter, please see: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/ten-attachment.pdf


Recovery Act Labor Market Information Grants, 2012

In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expanded investment in States' labor market information (LMI) systems to help create new jobs, save existing ones, spur economic activity, and invest in long-term growth. As part of the Recovery Act funding for green jobs, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $50 million in State LMI improvement grants to 30 grantees, including 24 individual State workforce agencies and six consortia. The "Investing in Labor-Market Information (LMI): Insights from the Recovery Act LMI Grants" report describes experiences of nine selected grantees and presents lessons that may inform future efforts, while the "Investing in Labor-Market Information (LMI): A Summary of the State LMI Improvement Grants" summary offers information about grantees' goals, definitions of green jobs, partners and stakeholders, activities, products, and dissemination strategies.

To view this report, please see: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/publications/PDFs/labor/LMI_Insights.pdf To view this summary, please see: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/publications/PDFs/labor/LMI_Summary.pdf


Strengthening State Systems for Adult Learners: An Evaluation of the First Five Years of Shifting Gears, 2012

This report evaluated the progress of the Shifting Gears initiative, a privately funded initiative in six Midwestern States designed to encourage State policy change to better meet the education and training needs of low-skilled workers so that they may succeed in the labor market. The evaluation details the outcomes after five years of work, the impact of the core activities in each State, and the goals as the States move forward.

For more information, please see: http://www.joycefdn.org/assets/1/7/SG_Strengthening_State_Systems_Report_-_final.pdf


Veterans Job Bank, 2012

The Veterans Job Bank is powered by the National Resource Directory, which is a partnership of the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs. The Job Bank provides Veterans with a central source for identifying Veteran-committed employment opportunities and assists America’s employers in identifying qualified Veterans. Job opportunities are returned based on search criteria that the user identifies.

For more information, please see: https://www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov/home/veterans_job_bank


Promising Pathways All-Site Orientation Meeting, October 18, 2011

On October 18, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance (OFA) convened an orientation meeting in Washington, D.C. for the Promising Pathways Initiative. The three primary meeting goals of the Promising Pathways All-Site Orientation Meeting were to orient site representatives to the Promising Pathways Initiative, provide hands-on, interactive training for site coordinators on how to define and document their practice using logic models, and plan the first intensive full team site visit. Participants included one or two representatives from each of the ten selected Promising Pathways sites, OFA staff, and ICF International site coaches and team staff. This executive summary describes the proceedings of the All-Site Orientation Meeting and includes the meeting agenda, participant list, and materials as appendices.

Promising Pathways All-Site Orientation Meeting Executive Summary Report [PDF - 599 KB]


Characteristics of Displaced Workers 2007–2009: A Visual Essay, October 2011

Displaced workers often have difficulty finding new employment opportunities. This report, from the Monthly Labor Review at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides information on displaced workers across industries between 2007 and 2009. Twenty-three percent (1.6 million) of all long-tenured displaced workers, individuals who lost or left jobs they had held for 3 or more years, were displaced from manufacturing jobs. Around one million long-tenured displaced workers had held jobs in wholesale and retail trade, and more than 900,000 displaced workers had lost or left jobs in the construction industry.

For more information, please see: http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2011/09/art1full.pdf


Subsidizing Employment Opportunities for Low-Income Families: A Review of State Employment Programs Created through the TANF Emergency Fund, October 2011

This report was released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation as part of the Subsidized and Transitional Employment Demonstration (STED). The authors present findings from an implementation study of how TANF Emergency Funds were used to support subsidized employment in 2009 and 2010 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. States’ and localities’ implemented subsidized employment programs vary differently across the country, and this report documents those differences.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/welfare_employ/stedep/reports/tanf_emer_fund.pdf


Less-Educated Continue to Lose Jobs in Recovery - Even in Low Wage Industries, August 2011

Using data from the Current Population Survey, the Urban Institute published a fact sheet on the Unemployment and Recovery project. Primarily focusing on individuals with education levels of a high school degree or less, the severity and rate at which unemployment is experienced in this population is discussed. Across all industries, the less educated continued to lose their jobs, which was the most prevalent in lower wage industries, including accommodation/food services, agriculture/forestry/fishing, private households, other services except private households, retail trade, arts/entertainment/recreation, administrative, and waste management.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412382-Less-Educated-Lose-Jobs-in-Recovery.pdf


What Role is Welfare Playing in this Period of High Unemployment?, August 2011

The Urban Institute issued this report on the role of the TANF program during the current economic recession. From 2007 to 2010, the national unemployment rate increased by 88 percent, while the TANF caseload rose by 14 percent. Authors provide state data on TANF and unemployment and offer commentary on the role of TANF as a safety net during times of recession.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412378-Role-of-Welfare-in-this-Period-of-High-Unemployment.pdf


Effective Case Management: Key Elements and Practices from the Field, June 2011

Mathematica Policy Research prepared the "Effective Case Management: Key Elements and Practices from the Field" brief for the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. This brief provides examples of key elements and practices for effective case management in the workforce system. Examples of State and local tools, processes, and policies designed to create or improve case management are given. An additional annotated list of resources is also included.

For more information, please see: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/publications/pdfs/labor/case_management_brief.pdf


Dynamics of Being Disconnected from Work and TANF, May 2011

Recent data reveals that since the inception of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) in 1996, many single mothers left the welfare caseload, but are not connected to the labor market. Families who are not connected to the welfare system or the labor market have been referred to as “disconnected”. This report was authored by the Urban Institute with funding from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) to help understand the size and characteristics of the disconnected population. Findings reveal that over the last 15 years the disconnected population has continued to increase and mothers who are disconnected are more likely to have barriers to employment than other low-income single mothers.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412393-Dynamics-of-Being-Disconnected-from-Work-and-TANF.pdf


Career Pathways Toolkit, 2011

This toolkit, provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides a guide for States and localities interested in developing a career pathways initiative. The toolkit centers around six key elements that are essential to developing an initiative. Promising practices are highlighted, and specific tools are included in this step by step, user friendly resource for human service administrators.

For more information, please see: http://www.workforceinfodb.org/PDF/CareerPathwaysToolkit2011.pdf


Client Success through Partnership: 2010 TANF and Workforce Meeting, July 2010

The final report is now available! The Administration for Children and Families Regions VI and VIII and the Employment and Training Administration Region IV came together to host the Client Success through Partnership: 2010 TANF and Workforce Meeting in Dallas, Texas from July 25-27, 2010. The meeting contained a series of targeted discussion forums, interactive plenary sessions, and peer-to-peer breakouts coordinated to improve partnership and collaboration among TANF and workforce programs. Over the two and one-half days, attendees were exposed to a variety of sessions presented by more than 20 distinguished experts and peers from the TANF, workforce, social service, and research communities.

Agenda [PDF - 345 KB] Final Report [PDF - 3,136 KB]

Family Employment Program: Study of Utah Paper [PDF - 567 KB] Participant Lists [PDF - 653 KB]

Welcome Letters [PDF - 827 KB] Speaker Bios [PDF - 1,705 KB]

TANF and Child Welfare Resources [PDF - 193 KB] TANF and Child Care Resources [PDF - 208 KB] TANF and Child Support Resources [PDF - 210 KB] Community Service and TANF Resources [PDF - 208 KB] Disabilities and TANF Resources [PDF - 206 KB] Financial Education and Asset Building Resources [PDF - 441 KB] TANF and Housing Resources [PDF - 202 KB] TANF and SNAP Resources [PDF - 189 KB] TANF and Substance Abuse Resources [PDF - 278 KB]

Speaker Presentations: Carol Cartledge, Trina Gress, Susan Gunsch [PDF - 1,392 KB] Charles Eldridge, HUD [PDF - 871 KB] Chris Warland, NTJN [PDF - 258 KB] Christina Techico, OWRA [PDF - 3,875 KB] Elizabeth Ehrlich and Annika Holder, POP [PDF - 4,100 KB] Helen Thatcher, Utah DWS [PDF - 238 KB] Janice Caldwell, ACF Region VI [PDF - 514 KB] John Allen and Charlie Watts, Region IV, ETA [PDF - 447 KB] Linda Hughes, OKDHS [PDF - 1,751 KB] Nicole Verver, NCP [PDF - 4,438 KB] Patrick Heiman, ICF [PDF - 1,839 KB] David Clauss, YouthBuild [PDF - 3,382 KB] Phil Harris and Joyce Hill, AK DWS [PDF - 658 KB] Susan Gunsch, PRIDE [PDF - 311 KB] Peggy Badlato, Family Pathfinders [PDF - 99 KB] Rebecca Lucero, USDA [PDF - 687 KB] Eva Greenwalt, WorkFirst [PDF - 565 KB] Charlotte Bristow and Felicia Gaither, ACF [PDF - 389 KB]


Publicly Funded Jobs: An Essential Strategy for Reducing Poverty and Economic Distress Throughout the Business Cycle, April 2010

Coauthored by the Youth, Education, and Families Institute, and the National Transitional Jobs Network, this paper makes the case for using public-service employment (PSE) and transitional jobs programs to combat economic recession and advance long-term workforce development goals. This paper addresses the urgent needs for publicly funded jobs, key elements of federal job creation, opportunities to build transitional jobs capacity with federal support, and early lessons learned about job creation.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412070_publicly_funded_jobs.pdf


Transitional Jobs: Background, Program Models, and Evaluation Evidence, February 2010

MDRC prepared this paper as part of the Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ Demonstration and Evaluation Project. This paper draws heavily on results and lessons from three ongoing evaluation projects. This paper describes the origins of the transitional jobs models in operation today, reviews the evidence on the effectiveness of this approach and other subsidized employment models, and offers some suggestions regarding the next steps for program design and research.

For more information, please see: http://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/full_590.pdf


America’s Youth at 21: School Enrollment, Training, and Employment Transitions Between Ages 20 and 21, January 2009

This report is from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was found that at age 21, women are more likely to be enrolled in college than men, and among 21-year-olds not enrolled in college, men are more likely than women to be employed in a civilian job or serving in the military.

For more information, please see: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/nlsyth.nr0.htm


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Can Post-Employment Services Combined with Financial Incentives Improve Employment Retention for Welfare Recipients? Evidence from the Texas Employment Retention and Advancement Evaluation, April 2013

The National Institute for Research on Poverty released a discussion paper that presents a rigorous analysis of employment entry and exit effects using a fully-specified dynamic model of employment duration. The model accounts for non-random sorting into employment statuses through flexible specifications for duration dependence and unobserved heterogeneity. The paper outlined results that indicate that for the Corpus Christi site, short-term effects were due to both employment retention and employment entry. However, over time (as the program ceased operation), the retention effects faded out even though employment entry effects persisted and grew. The paper also discloses that, for the Fort Worth site, there were smaller effects overall and less evidence of impacts that lasted much beyond the program operation period.

For more information, please see: http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/dps/pdfs/dp141313.pdf


Eduployment: Creating Opportunity Policies for America's Youth, April 2013

This brief from the Youth Transition Funders Group highlights challenges in current policy related to youth education and employment and offers recommendations for change. The brief is targeted at policymakers and philanthropic organizations interested in funding youth employment and education initiatives. It emphasizes philanthropic collaboration as a means to shape the scope of future initiatives.

For more information, please see: http://www.ytfg.org/documents/eduployment.pdf


Podcast: Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative, April 2013

In March of 2012, the WPTA Network collaborated with Arkansas's Career Pathways Initiative - a partnership between Arkansas's Department of Higher Education and Department of Workforce Services - to learn more about their program's growth and the successes with workforce-ready adults.

This podcast highlights the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) which provides a comprehensive set of academic and support services designed to enable low-income, low-skilled individuals to acquire the degrees and/or credentials required to obtain and hold jobs in high-demand, high-wage industries. Staff from the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative explained the complexity of the collaborations necessary to provide services that enable low-income job seekers to receive educational services, as well as how to help participants understand the importance of education in addition to work activities and employment.

To view this podcast, please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwAlpqb20Xs&list=PLypiJrod4Deh0o7XBiLkWbcBPslusy706&index=4


Podcast: CLIMB Wyoming, April 2013

In March of 2012, the WPTA Network collaborated with CLIMB Wyoming to learn more about their program's sustainability and successes with working with low-income single mothers through tailored job trainings and wrap-around services.

CLIMB Wyoming engages participants using a comprehensive wrap-around service that includes job training, wage reimbursement during on-the-job training, work tools, mental health counseling, life and parental skills classes, and ongoing support after job placement. This podcast highlights CLIMB Wyoming's job training, subsidized employment and wrap-around services for TANF participants. Staff from CLIMB Wyoming describes the job training services offered to low-income single mothers to prepare them for entry into high-demand, high-skill, and high-wage positions, as well as how CLIMB coordinates their various funding streams and partners to leverage the appropriate resources to support their program operations.

To view these podcasts, please see: CLIMB Wyoming Part One

CLIMB Wyoming Part Two


Podcast: Supporting Employment Empowerment (SEE) Hawaii Work, April 2013

In March of 2012, the WPTA Network collaborated with Supporting Employment Empowerment (SEE) Hawaii Work and the Hawaii Department of Human Services to learn more about their private-public partnerships between their working participants and local employers.

SEE Hawaii Work's (SEE) mission is to provide employment for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) participants while meeting the labor market needs of private employers. SEE Hawaii Work serves work-eligible TANF participants. This podcast highlights SEE Hawaii Work which is a program available to Hawaii's employers to assist them with their recruiting needs, while placing TANF participants into subsidized job-training programs. Staff from the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services provides an overview of key components and activities in the SEE Hawaii program model, discusses how the program engages, markets and conducts outreach to businesses and employers, as well as provides information on how data is collected within the program.

To view this podcast, please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBncZINcqXc&list=PLypiJrod4Deh0o7XBiLkWbcBPslusy706&index=1


Employment & Training Administration (ETA) "Mobilizes" Its Job Search Tools, February 2013

The Employment & Training Administration (ETA) have now made several of their most popular online tools available as mobile-optimized websites. These mobile tools will assist smartphone or tablet users locate American Job Centers, conduct online job searches, search for jobs for veterans, compare salaries for various occupations, and search for nearby job training providers. These changes are part of an ongoing effort to make workforce resources more accessible to a wider audience.

To access the five mobile applications, please see: http://www.careeronestop.org/cos-mobile-apps.aspx


Navigating Online Career Exploration and Planning Tools: A Skills Gap Roadmap for Case Managers, February 2013

The United States Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration released a resource to help case managers guide jobseekers through the career exploration and planning process. Components of the guide include three ideas about how case managers can organize career exploration and planning, eight "At-A-Glance" templates that help case managers determine which electronic tools are most helpful to meet which customers' needs, three "Career Transition Roadmaps" that show how case managers provide career exploration in three distinct scenarios, and an "E-Learning Resource Chart" that highlights additional resources for case managers who want to learn more.

For more information, please see: https://effectivecasemanagement.workforce3one.org/view/2001304538228862676


Webinar: Leveraging Private/Public Partnerships and Funding to Improve Summer Youth Employment Opportunities, December 2012

The Office of Family Assistance hosted the "Leveraging Private/Public Partnerships and Funding to Improve Summer Youth Employment Opportunities" Webinar on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST. This Webinar provided background information on funding strategies for summer youth employment activities and discussed methods for leveraging both public and private funding streams. The Webinar featured speakers from the LA Conservation Corps, the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, ABCD Inc., and the Philadelphia Youth Network. The speakers encouraged those implementing a summer youth employment programs to collaborate with TANF agencies, the business community, community action agencies and other CSBG-funded programs, workforce investment programs, and private foundations in an effort to better serve youth, reach TANF participants, and engage key stakeholders.

Leveraging Private/Public Partnerships Webinar - Slides [PDF - 8,034 KB]

Leveraging Private/Public Partnerships Webinar - Transcript [PDF - 547 KB]


'My Next Move' for Veterans, November 2012

The United States Department of Labor's career Web site for Veterans, allows the user to enter their military classification and see what civilian careers best match their skills. A new feature of the site allows the user to find available national certifications that are accredited, industry endorsed, related to military occupational specialties, and more. Veteran customers can also use the "Check Out My State" feature to discover which States have an "above average" or "below average" share of a career within their workforce.

For more information, please see: http://www.mynextmove.org/vets/


'My Next Move' for Veterans, November 2012

My Next Move for Veterans is an online tool from the Department of Labor that allows Veterans to enter information about their experience and skills while in the service, and match it with promising civilian careers. The site also includes information about salaries, apprenticeships, and other related education and training programs.

For more information, please see: http://www.mynextmove.org/vets/


Facebook Partners with Labor Department and Releases App for Job-Seekers, November 2012

In 2011, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) joined the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), DirectEmployers Association, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies and Facebook to create the Social Jobs Partnership, an initiative to help job-seekers leverage their online networks to support their job searches. In November 2012, the partners released a Facebook app that will help users share more than 1.7 million job opportunities from five recruiting organizations. The Social Jobs Partnership is about connections: connecting the public and private sectors, connecting employers and workers, and connecting existing skills with business needs. This app will help job-seekers take advantage of those connections to find good jobs.

To get connected to this application, please see: https://www.facebook.com/socialjobs?sk=info


U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)/Employment & Training's (ETA) "Credentials for Youth: Success in the 21st Century" Tool, November 2012

The Employment and Training Administration's Workforce Investment Act Youth Program launched the "Credentials for Youth: Success in the 21st Century" Tool. The tool is designed to help workforce professionals identify promising occupations for youth served by the workforce system, and the credentials that help youth attain them. The tool provides a step-by-step process for helping youth attain credentials in high demand occupations by connecting users to resources that can help them find high demand occupations in their local area by using labor market information, and by helping practitioners identify promising occupations for youth by determining which of those occupations have pathways to career advancement. Finally, the tool helps discover the credentials required for the identified promising occupations and provides certification information about specific occupations, including links to certifying organizations.

For more information, please see: https://youth.workforce3one.org/page/credentials


The ABC's of Creating Summer Youth Programs and Partnerships Webinar, October 2012

The Office of Family Assistance hosted the "The ABC's of Creating Summer Youth Programs and Partnerships" Webinar on October 17, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT. The Webinar featured speakers Mathematic Policy Research, the Southeast Tennessee Development District--Local Workforce Investment Area Five, the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services, and Corporate Voices for Working Families who provided an overview of strategies for developing summer youth employment programs that can work in a variety of contexts with different types of employers. Speakers also discussed the strategic partnerships, funding streams, and recruitment and placement strategies that can be utilized to increase summer youth employment opportunities.

The ABCs of Creating Summer Youth Programs and Partnerships - Slides [PDF - 2,113 KB]

The ABCs of Creating Summer Youth Programs and Partnerships - Transcript [PDF - 621 KB]


Social Security's Ticket to Work "Find Help" Tool Connects You to Employment Services You Need, August 2012

The Social Security Administration's Disability Blog has introduced "The Ticket to Work Find Help Tool." The Ticket to Work Program can be utilized by Social Security disability beneficiaries aged 18 through 64. Those individuals that fall within this requisite and are looking to work can use this service to help prepare for, find, and maintain work. "The Ticket to Work Find Help Tool" helps find service providers unique to participants' locations, and connects participants to organizations that can help them achieve their work goals. The web page provides further information on En Report Cards, eligibility criteria, and services provided.

For more information, please see: http://choosework.net/resource/jsp/searchByState.jsp


Career Pathways as a Framework for Program Design and Evaluation: A Working Paper from The Innovative Strategies for Increasing Self-Sufficiency (ISIS) Project, May 2012

From the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, within the Department of Health and Human Services, this report provides a framework for evaluating career pathways programs. Authors discuss considerations for designing evaluations using random assignment methods to measure program outcomes and impacts using the experience from the Innovative Strategies for Increasing Self-Sufficiency (ISIS) evaluation, which was the first national evaluation of career pathways programs. The paper introduces a "theory of change" for career pathways, identifying both primary and intermediate outcomes targeted and tracing the linkages between key program inputs and such outcomes.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/welfare_employ/isis/reports/inno_strategies.pdf


Remarks at the Philadelphia Summer Jobs Launch, Philadelphia, PA, May 2012

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, Hilda L. Solis, gave remarks for the Philadelphia Summer Jobs Launch held on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The Secretary spoke of the President's commitment to increasing opportunities for summer youth employment. The Department of Labor and Obama Administration believe that summer youth employment is of critical importance to continued economic recovery. The goal for this year's summer youth employment outreach effort is 250,000 commitments by the start of the summer, and thus far, nearly 100 employers across the country have agreed to support this mission.

For more information, please see: http://www.dol.gov/_sec/media/speeches/20120502_PSJ.htm


Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success, May 2012

This Webinar highlighted the "Skills to Pay the Bills" curriculum, which was developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). During this Webinar, presenters provided an explanation of why the curriculum was necessary, how it was developed, and additional companion resources that are forthcoming. Mr. Michael Huberman began the discussion by sharing that employers indicate that soft-skills are essential to success in both attaining and maintaining employment. Ms. Lisa Stern of Concepts, Inc. discussed how the curriculum was developed. Feedback was solicited from the field and led to the development of a curriculum that was flexible, but structured, and focused on interactive activities rather than reading. Ms. Mary Coody, Project Director, Madison County High School/High Tech shared her experience using the "Skills to Pay the Bills" curriculum during a 4-6 week pilot with high school students of various ages and disabilities.

For more information, please see: http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills/


Achieving Economic Stability: Strategies for Successfully Connecting Dads to Jobs, April 2012

In April 2012, the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse hosted a Technical Assistance Webinar, "Achieving Economic Stability: Strategies for Successfully Connecting Dads to Jobs." This Webinar presented information and strategies to help participants improve their knowledge and understanding of: Federal Department of Labor priorities and programs; employment partnering opportunities for Responsible Fatherhood programs; practical ideas from research to help fathers find and keep jobs; and, promising practices and lessons learned from programs that have successfully helped fathers achieve economic stability. Presenters included:

  • Ben Seigel: Deputy Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor;
  • Dr. Ronald Mincy: Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, New York; and
  • Bob and Kathy Lambert: Co-Founders and Co-Executive Directors, Connections to Success, St. Louis, Missouri.

For more information, please see: http://fatherhood.gov/webinars?title=Achieving+Economic+Stability&=Apply


Serving Jobseekers with Disabilities in the One-Stop Career Centers, April 2012

On Thursday April 19, 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration's (DOLETA) Workforce3one hosted a Webinar entitled Serving Jobseekers with Disabilities in the One-Stop Career Centers. Moderated by Randee Chafkin, Workforce Development Specialist with DOLETA, the Webinar highlighted how the public workforce system is expanding its capacity to serve more customers receiving Social Security disability benefits by participating in the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work Program and becoming Employment Networks (ENs). An overview of related resources available from the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) was presented by Mr. Christopher Button. Representatives from WorkSource of Florida, the New York State Office of Mental Health, and the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services presented examples of EN workforce models. Methods One-Stop Career Centers can implement to leverage resources and develop partnerships to serve jobseekers receiving Social Security disability benefits were discussed.

For more information, please see: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001209654049640249/info


Youth Resource Connections (YRC), April 2012

This is the monthly newsletter, which is authored by the Division of Youth Services (DYS), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA). It includes headlines of news from the Department of Labor; funding opportunities; opportunities for youth, youth adults, and teachers; publications; program resources; and a calendar of events.

Download the Newsletter. [PDF - 243 KB]


Improving Employment and Earnings for TANF Recipients, March 2012

This research brief was released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), which is part of a series of issue briefs on the TANF program. Specifically, this brief reviews the literature on the effectiveness of strategies to increase employment and earnings among TANF participants. Strategies that are reviewed include job search, education, subsidized work, sectoral training, financial incentives, as well as programs to increase work retention and earnings.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/tanf_ccdf/reports/improving_employment.pdf


A Toolkit for Employers: Connecting Youth and Business, January 2012

Currently, six million youth in the United States are disconnected from the workforce and school. From the U.S. Department of Labor, this toolkit provides detailed information on how companies can support, train, and employ disconnected youth. While the toolkit was created for medium to large companies, aspects apply to smaller companies as well. By hiring this population, companies are not only supporting disconnected youth but also benefit themselves as companies involved in these types of programs report increases in engagement and retention among employees and customer loyalty.

For more information, please see: http://www.dol.gov/summerjobs/pdf/Toolkit.pdf


Innovating Under Pressure: The Story of the 2009 Recovery Act Summer Youth Employment Initiative, 2012

Prepared for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Policy Development, Evaluation and Research by The Center for Youth and Communities and the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, this report details the implementation of the Recovery Act summer youth employment initiative in four communities. Researchers conducted interviews and site visits in Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana; and Phoenix and Maricopa County, Arizona. Authors provide information on implementation, innovation utilized by the sites, and best practices for future program development.

For more information, please see: http://www.dol.gov/summerjobs/pdf/InnovatingUnderPressure.pdf


Perceptions and Pathways: Life Decisions of GED Test Credential Recipients from Secondary to Postsecondary Education; A Preliminary Report, October 2011

GED diplomas account for about 12 percent of high school degrees earned in the United States. More than half of GED test credential recipients cite postsecondary education as the motivation for passing the GED test. However, less than 15 percent of GED test credential recipients complete postsecondary education. In order to uncover factors impacting GED test credential recipients’ decision to pursue, or not pursue, postsecondary education, the American Council on Education (ACE) released its preliminary report, Perceptions and Pathways. This report presents themes and patterns of ACE’s examination of the experiences, motivations, and developed perceptions that have influenced post-secondary achievement among 2005-2006 GED test credential recipients.

For more information, please see: http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/pubs/PerceptionsandPathways_LifeDecisionsofGEDTestCredentialReceipients_2011_4.pdf


Informal and Nonstandard Employment in the United States: Implications for Low-Income Working Families, August 2011

The Urban Institute authored this issue brief on the role of informal and nonstandard employment in the lives of low-income families. The informal economy refers to employment that occurs outside of the regulatory and tax system and is often viewed as illegal or criminal. However, beyond being outside of the regulatory and tax system, many opportunities in the informal labor market are not criminal. Authors provide an overview of the informal economy and offer policy options to help support workers and their families in the informal economy.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412372-informal-nonstandard-employment-in-us.pdf


A Green Career Pathways Framework: Postsecondary and Employment Success for Low-Income, Disconnected Youth, June 2011

This report was published by the Corps Network. The authors explore the promise of green jobs to offer a pathway out of poverty for youth who are not enrolled in school. The green jobs sector of the economy has expanded and offers long-term employment potential for workers, even during the recession. Specifically, this report provides an overview on how to develop successful green jobs training programs in partnership with industries with a current employment demand, postsecondary institutions, and community-based youth programs.

For more information, please see: http://thecorpsnetwork.org/images/wu_images/July%202011/Green%20Career%20Pathways%20Paper/A%20Green%20Career%20Pathways%20Framework.pdf


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Career Readiness Assessments Across States: A Summary of Survey Findings, October 2013

The Center on Education Policy released a summary report describing how States are defining career readiness, and which assessments States and districts are using to measure this attribute. The report is based on a survey administered in the summer of 2013 to State directors of career and technical education or their designees about career readiness assessments. A total of 46 States completed the survey, including the District of Columbia. Also available on this site are four related papers containing additional details on the main topics covered in the summary report, including the responses of specific States, and profiles of major career and technical assessments.

For more information, please see: http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=McMurrerFrizzell%5FSummaryReport%5FCareerReadiness%5F10%2E30%2E13%2Epdf


WorkAdvance: Testing a New Approach To Increase Employment Advancement for Low-Skilled Adults, June 2013

MDRC released a policy brief discussing a new skill-building model designed to help low-income adults prepare for, enter, and succeed in quality jobs, in high-demand fields with opportunities for career growth. This model involves: intensive screening of applicants; sector-focused pre-employment services; sector-specific occupational skills training, job development and placement; and post-employment retention and advancement services. The policy brief outlines the WorkAdvance evaluation program and presents preliminary findings about early operational challenges and achievements.

For more information, please see: http://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/WorkAdvance_Brief.pdf?utm_source=MDRC%20Updates&utm_campaign=510bb22309-New_from_MDRC_June_20_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_504d5ac165-510bb22309-34935481


Webinar: Using Intensive Vocationally-Focused ESL to Fast-Track Workforce Development Skills for Refugees, May 2013

The Office of Refugee Resettlement hosted a Webinar, "Using Intensive Vocationally-Focused ESL to Fast-Track Workforce Development Skills for Refugees." The Webinar provided an overview of the Vocational English as a Second Language Immersion Program (VIP) program. The VIP program is a collaboration between the San Francisco Human Services Agency (HSA) and the City College of San Francisco (CCSF). The Webinar highlighted the VIP's eighteen week intensive English language immersion program that is focused on teaching the vocabulary and the cultural norms of the work place.

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Podcast: Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative, April 2013

In March of 2012, the WPTA Network collaborated with Arkansas's Career Pathways Initiative - a partnership between Arkansas's Department of Higher Education and Department of Workforce Services - to learn more about their program's growth and the successes with workforce-ready adults.

This podcast highlights the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) which provides a comprehensive set of academic and support services designed to enable low-income, low-skilled individuals to acquire the degrees and/or credentials required to obtain and hold jobs in high-demand, high-wage industries. Staff from the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative explained the complexity of the collaborations necessary to provide services that enable low-income job seekers to receive educational services, as well as how to help participants understand the importance of education in addition to work activities and employment.

To view this podcast, please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwAlpqb20Xs&list=PLypiJrod4Deh0o7XBiLkWbcBPslusy706&index=4


Podcast: CLIMB Wyoming, April 2013

In March of 2012, the WPTA Network collaborated with CLIMB Wyoming to learn more about their program's sustainability and successes with working with low-income single mothers through tailored job trainings and wrap-around services.

CLIMB Wyoming engages participants using a comprehensive wrap-around service that includes job training, wage reimbursement during on-the-job training, work tools, mental health counseling, life and parental skills classes, and ongoing support after job placement. This podcast highlights CLIMB Wyoming's job training, subsidized employment and wrap-around services for TANF participants. Staff from CLIMB Wyoming describes the job training services offered to low-income single mothers to prepare them for entry into high-demand, high-skill, and high-wage positions, as well as how CLIMB coordinates their various funding streams and partners to leverage the appropriate resources to support their program operations.

To view these podcasts, please see: CLIMB Wyoming Part One

CLIMB Wyoming Part Two


Podcast: Supporting Employment Empowerment (SEE) Hawaii Work, April 2013

In March of 2012, the WPTA Network collaborated with Supporting Employment Empowerment (SEE) Hawaii Work and the Hawaii Department of Human Services to learn more about their private-public partnerships between their working participants and local employers.

SEE Hawaii Work's (SEE) mission is to provide employment for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) participants while meeting the labor market needs of private employers. SEE Hawaii Work serves work-eligible TANF participants. This podcast highlights SEE Hawaii Work which is a program available to Hawaii's employers to assist them with their recruiting needs, while placing TANF participants into subsidized job-training programs. Staff from the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services provides an overview of key components and activities in the SEE Hawaii program model, discusses how the program engages, markets and conducts outreach to businesses and employers, as well as provides information on how data is collected within the program.

To view this podcast, please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBncZINcqXc&list=PLypiJrod4Deh0o7XBiLkWbcBPslusy706&index=1


Using Individualized Learning Plans (ILP) to Produce College and Career Ready High School Graduates, February 2013

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD) published a policy brief, "Using Individualized Learning Plans (ILP) to Produce College and Career Ready High School Graduates," which summarized findings and recommendations from a multi-year ILP Research and Demonstration Project. NCWD/Youth's research examined whether and how ILPs may be considered a promising strategy for developing college and career readiness; and whether and how students with disabilities are participating in ILPs. The research methods included a 50-State scan, interviews with State and local education officials, and surveys and focus groups with educators, families, and students in 14 high schools in four States. Based upon the research findings, NCWD has developed recommendations on how to advance quality ILP implementation initiatives to support college and career readiness goals for all students. The policy brief includes specific recommendations for State officials, district/school officials, educators, organizations interested in supporting family engagement in schools, special education administrators and support organizations, national organizations, disability organizations, and Federal officials.

To view this policy brief, please see: http://www.ncwd-youth.info/sites/default/files/PolicyBrief_issue_6.pdf


Making It Happen, January 2013

MDRC released a report discussing how Career Academics can build college and career exploration programs. MDRC and Bloom Associates developed and piloted a program to help Career Academics, a popular high school reform, build college and career exploration programs for their students. This report presents three key findings and the lessons learned from its implementation in 18 academies in California, Florida, and Georgia.

For more information, please see: http://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/ecco_final_report.pdf


Office of Family Assistance - Career Pathways: Catalog of Toolkits, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Family Assistance is proud to announce the launch of Career Pathways: Catalog of Toolkits, an online directory of free resources available for planning a Career Pathways initiative. Toolkits in this Catalog provide clear action steps for starting a Career Pathways initiative and help different sectors - education, workforce, human services, industry, and policy - learn to communicate with each other about resources and priorities.

Click here to access the toolkit.


U.S. Census Bureau Online Courses, 2013

The U.S. Census Bureau has improved the variety of online courses it offers, as well as how to learn about them and register. Two of their more popular offerings for the workforce community include "Using Census Data for Grant Applications" and "How to Navigate American FactFinder."

For more information, please see: http://www.census.gov/mso/www/training/


Driving Innovation: Evaluation Findings from the First Five Years of Shifting Gears, December 2012

The Joyce Foundation released an evaluation report on The Shifting Gears initiative, an initiative launched in 2007. This State policy initiative was designated to promote regional economic growth by improving the education and skills training of the workforce in six Midwestern States – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. These States were tasked to create more seamless pathways to postsecondary credentials and good jobs for lower-skilled adults. This initiative is one of the first multi-State postsecondary education projects that requires States to embark on a process of collaborative and systematic change. The evaluation report covers the first five years of the initiative and discusses the progress of each State, with an outline of activities that contributed to their success.

To view this report, please see: http://www.joycefdn.org/assets/1/7/SG_Strengthening_State_Systems_Report_-_final.pdf


Pew Research Center Report, "Record Shares of Young Adults Have Finished Both High School and College", November 2012

A Pew Research Center Report issued on November 5, 2012, found that young adults set records for high-school and college degrees. Record shares of young adults ages 25 to 29 in 2012 have completed a high-school education and obtained a four-year college degree, in part as a result of the weak job market during and since the recent recession. College completion rates have also risen to record levels among key demographic groups, including men, women, blacks, whites, Hispanics, immigrants, and native-born Americans.

For more information, please see: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/files/2012/11/educ_attain_report_FNL.pdf


The Alliance for Excellent Education Releases New Report on Helping English Language Learners Meet Common Core Standards, October 2012

The Alliance for Excellent Education recently released a new brief, The Role of Language and Literacy in College- and Career-Ready Standards: Rethinking Policy and Practice in Support of English Language Learners. This brief states that by 2020, more than half of all public school students will likely have a non–English-speaking background. Nevertheless, in all college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), English is embedded throughout. Thus, in order to meet these standards, the growing proportion of students who are English language learners (ELLs) must possess and be able to demonstrate an understanding of not only the subject matter being considered but also of the English language. The brief also provides recommendations in four key areas to be implemented at the State level.

For more information, please see: http://www.all4ed.org/files/LangAndLiteracyInStandardsELLs.pdf


Video Vignettes Illustrate 'Soft Skills' all Young Workers Need - DOL's Office of Disability Employment Policy, October 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy developed a series of free video vignettes as part of its "Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success" curriculum. Youth services programs, educators and others helping young job seekers prepare for employment are encouraged to view, display, share and lead discussions about the videos, which aim to help all youth, including those with disabilities, develop and strengthen six essential skills needed to succeed in today's workforce: communication, networking, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.

For more information, please see: http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills


Accelerating Opportunity Initiative Helps the Nation Get Back to Work, September 2012

The American economy is facing a growing skills gap, with many adults lacking the training or education necessary for jobs that pay a middle-class wage. Helping adults earn the credentials and training they need to get and succeed in family-sustaining jobs is key to fueling the economy and boosting employment. In September, 2012, at the Opportunity Nation Summit in Washington, DC, Jobs for the Future (JFF) announced that five States – Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina – will each receive a $1.6 million grant to help more workers earn valuable credentials needed for today's good jobs through innovative adult education programs.

For more information, please see: https://acceleratingopportunityky.kctcs.edu/News%20and%20Events/newsItem?id=%7b891919F5-8FD7-4A45-88E6-E8009248D515%7d


Evaluation of the Senior Community Service Employment Program, September 2012

Mathematica released a report evaluating the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). This study analyzed quantitative and qualitative data to learn about local-project performance, program outcomes, and participants' views of this employment and training program for low-income, older adults. The study, conducted with Social Policy Research Associates, found SCSEP projects provide needed services to older workers, offer necessary staffing for host agencies, and place nearly half of program exiters who are available for work into unsubsidized employment.

For more information, please see: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/publications/pdfs/labor/SCSEP_process_outcomes.pdf


$11 Million in Grants Awarded to Provide Job Training for Veterans, August 2012

An estimated 5,500 veterans in 10 States will receive job training skills and development services under new Veterans' Workforce Investment Program grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. More than $11 million dollars was awarded on a competitive basis to State and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations. The grants are part of efforts by the department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service to expand educational opportunities for veterans, support incentives for businesses to hire unemployed veterans, ensure priority services for veterans through the American Job Center network, and help veterans match skills related to their military occupations with those required by civilian jobs.

For more information, please see: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/vets/VETS20121738.htm


U.S. Labor Department Announces Nearly $260 Million in Grants to Provide Job Training and Related Services to Unemployed, Low-Income Seniors, July 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded approximately $260 million in grants to 15 non-profit organizations across the country to provide job training and related services through Senior Community Service Employment Program jobs. The Senior Community Service Employment Program targets unemployed, low-income individuals who are age 55 and older. The program provides training by placing participants in part-time, service-oriented subsidized employment positions.

For more information, please see: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20121525.htm


Certificates: Gateway to Gainful Employment and College Degrees, June 2012

From Georgetown University's Center for Education and the Workforce, this report highlights the importance of certificates for workers in the labor market. Specifically, certificates recognize completion of a course of study in a specific field. Certificates can help advancement in the labor market because individuals with certificates earn 20 percent more than high school graduates without postsecondary education, on average. However, increased earnings vary based on a variety of factors, including the field of study. In this report, authors provide information on the population earnings certificates, the earnings return, and the institutions where they are earning certificates.

For more information, please see: http://www9.georgetown.edu/grad/gppi/hpi/cew/pdfs/Certificates.FullReport.061812.pdf


Sinking or Swimming: Findings from a Survey of State Adult Education Tuition and Financing Policies, June 2012

It is estimated that 93 million adults may need skills training to find and advance in gainful employment, and many employment prospects in the labor market now require workers to have postsecondary education credentials. From the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Council for State Directors of Adult Education (NCSDAE), this report details findings from a survey of States on adult education policies. Among the findings, the survey found that across the country there is variation in how States distribute funds to providers, and adult education services are funded by a variety of revenue sources, including local, State, and Federal government funds as well as tuition or fee payments by students.

For more information, please see: http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/Sinking-or-Swimming-State-Adult-Education-Tuition-and-Financing-Policies.pdf


The Economic Value of Opportunity Youth, January 2012

Currently, 6.7 million (17 percent) of youth ages 16 to 24 are disconnected from school and the labor market, and this report terms this group “opportunity youth.” From the Corporation for National and Community Service and the White House Council for Community Solutions, this report estimates the economic burden for society of this population as this group is more likely to rely on government supports, are in worse health, and more likely to be involved with criminal activity. Using multiple longitudinal datasets, authors provide calculations of the immediate as well as future burden of this population from lost earnings, lower economic growth, lower tax revenues, and higher government spending.

For more information, please see: http://www.serve.gov/new-images/council/pdf/econ_value_opportunity_youth.pdf


Webinar: CareerOneStop, January 2012

WorkforceOne held a Webinar presentation walking through the CareerOneStop online center. CareerOneStop is a suite of tools to help job seekers explore careers, investigate salary and benefit information, research education and training opportunities, plan a job search and browse job sites, write and improve resumes and cover letters, prepare for a job interview, and search for jobs. In addition, the CareerOneStop Web site provides links to workforce and labor market information Web sites that contain local information resources and tools.

To view this Webinar presentation, please see: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/3001205568622303690


New Mainers – Refugees Workforce Development Project, 2012

This report details the evaluation of the New Mainers-Refugees Workforce Development Project (NMRWDP), a federally funded project designed to provide work readiness training and job placement and retention services for up to 300 immigrant and refugee community members. The project was conducted within the two Maine communities of Portland and Lewiston and funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. The evaluation details a number of performance measures designed to assist refugees with job readiness and retention.

For more information, please see: http://www.portlandmaine.gov/hhs/earmarkevalrpt.pdf


Partnering to Create Paths to Education and Careers, 2012

As part of the Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI), funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, this report provides an overview of programs developed as part of the Courses to Employment (C2E) demonstration. The three-year demonstration was designed to help build programs through partnerships between community colleges and nonprofits and learn how these partnerships support low-income adults in post-secondary education and beyond in employment opportunities.

For more information, please see: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/sites/default/files/content/docs/pubs/C2E.pdf


The Condition of College and Career Readiness National Report, 2012

The ACT has released a report discussing the conditions of college and career readiness for the year 2012. The report states that there has been a slight improvement over the past several decades on the condition of college and career readiness, particularly in math and science. This report covers 52 percent of all 2012 high school graduates in the United States in continuing ACT's practice of assessing students' academic readiness for college. Based on its research, the ACT report offers three suggestions key to improving college and career readiness.

For more information, please see: http://media.act.org/documents/CCCR12-NationalReadinessRpt.pdf


Alternative Employment Strategies for Hard-to-Employ TANF Recipients: Final Results from a Test of Transitional Jobs and Preemployment Services in Philadelphia, December 2011

This report was released by the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation on the Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ Demonstration and Evaluation Project, which was conducted by MDRC. The report provides the final results from an evaluation of two welfare-to-work strategies for hard-to-employ TANF participants, including a transitional jobs model operated by the Transitional Work Corporation (TWC) and the “Success Through Employment Preparation” (STEP) program, which is designed to address participants’ barriers to work. Consistent with similar studies, the TWC program increased employment for participants in the short-term, while the STEP program did not increase employment, which suggests that it is difficult to engage TANF participants in a wide range of preemployment services for a long enough period of time to improve their employability.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/welfare_employ/enhanced_hardto/reports/final_alternative.pdf


Characteristics of GED Recipients in High School: 2002-2006, November 2011

This Institute of Education Sciences (IES) issue brief compares demographic characteristics, 10th grade achievement levels, and plans for postsecondary education between GED recipients, high school graduates, and high school dropouts without a GED. The IES also reveals GED recipients’ reported reasons for leaving high school and their motivation to obtain a GED.

For more information, please see: http://ies.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2012025


Employment Research in Brief: An Annotated Bibliography of ETA-Sponsored Studies, November 2011

Mathematica Policy Research, with guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA), put together this annotated bibliography, which provides a summary of ETA-released research publications. Authors provide a summary of key points from each article, including data, methods, and findings. The bibliography includes the following key sections: Workforce Investment Act; Unemployment Insurance; Youth Programs Other than WIA; Training Programs Other than WIA; Literacy; Population-Specific Programs; Older Workers; Trade Adjustment Assistance; Labor Market Research; Reentry Programs; Entrepreneurship Training; Registered Apprenticeship; Welfare-to-Work; and Services to Military Personnel, Veterans, and Military Spouses.

For more information, please see: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/publications/PDFs/labor/eta_sponsored.pdf


The Rise of Skills: Human Capital, the Creative Class and Regional Development, October 2011

The Martin Prosperity Institute authored this report on what it calls a “skills revolution” in economic research as there has been an increasing focus on employment skills since the 1990s. Authors summarize key findings from this literature, which include growing geographic differences in skills across cities and these differences’ effects on the region’s economic development. Given the geographic differences, authors highlight the finding that location is an important consideration for organizing and building skills, such as the location of universities.

For more information, please see: http://research.martinprosperity.org/2011/10/the-rise-of-skills/


What Works: BridgeConnect Stories from the Field, October 2011

It has been predicted that by 2018 two-thirds of positions in the American economy will require post-secondary education credentials. Bridge programs provide services to assist low-income adults in achieving these necessary postsecondary credentials and further academic, employability or technical skills that are needed in today’s workforce. Last month, the Workforce Strategy Center published a report analyzing the successful approaches of bridge programs. The report provides background of four successful bridge programs and digital stories of bridge program participants.

For more information, please see: http://www.workforcestrategy.org/what-works-bridgeconnect-stories-from-the-field-toc.html


Where It Really Hurts: Job Losses for Low-Skill Workers by State, October 2011

This fact sheet, by the Urban Institute’s Unemployment and Recovery Project, depicts the changes in employment and low-skill employment by State between 2007 and August of 2011. While the employment-to-population ratio has remained relatively constant since its sharp decline in 2009, new jobs have only been able to keep up with population growth. Employers have not been able to replace the jobs lost as a result of the recession. The employment losses have been felt more intensely by America’s low-skilled workers who have seen a 15.3 percent decline in employment since 2007, as compared to a 5.6 percent decline for workers of all skill levels. This fact sheet shows great disparities among States with regards to their employment losses for low-skill workers and workers of all skill levels, suggesting distinct recovery needs.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412420-Job-Losses-for-Low-Skill-Workers-by-State.pdf


Using TANF Funds to Support Subsidized Youth Employment: The 2010 Summer Youth Employment Initiative, July 2011

The Recovery Act offered funding for local areas to run summer youth employment programs through both the TANF Emergency Fund in 2010 and WIA youth funding in 2009. The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, within the Administration for Children and Families, and the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) jointly conducted a study on the Summer Youth Employment Initiative. This report, prepared by Mathematica Policy Research, provides findings on how TANF Emergency Funds helped to support subsidized employment for youth in ten sites, from seven States.

For more information, please see: http://wdr.doleta.gov/research/FullText_Documents/ETAOP_2012_02.pdf


Help Wanted: Projecting Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018, June 2011

The Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce, developed this report which forecasts that by 2018, 63 percent of all jobs will require at least some postsecondary education, which consequently, will require 22 million new workers to have postsecondary degrees. Authors project that we will be short by 3 million.

For more information, please see: http://www9.georgetown.edu/grad/gppi/hpi/cew/pdfs/FullReport.pdf


Jobs, Skills, and Policy for Lower-Wage Workers, June 2011

From the Institute for Research on Poverty, this Fast Focus is an overview of presentations give at the “Employment Prospects for Lower-Wage Workers: Easing the Implications of a Slow Recovery” conference in March 2011. Presentations focused on how the labor market is polarized and how this impacts workers across all levels, including income inequality, the use of work supports, and the well-being of displaced workers and their families.

For more information, please see: http://www.irp.wisc.edu//publications/fastfocus/pdfs/FF10-2011.pdf


The Geography of Immigrant Skills: Educational Profiles of Metropolitan Areas, June 2011

This report is from the Brookings Institution on immigrant skills and the labor market. Immigrants are now about 14 percent of U.S residents and about 16 percent of workers and have a significant presence in industries such as construction and hospitality on the low-skill end, and information technology and health care on the high-skill end. Authors argue that it is important to understand the immigrant workforce in the context of long-term U.S global competitiveness, and provide a profile of immigrant skills in the top 100 metropolitan areas in the U.S.

For more information, please see: http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/rc/papers/2011/06_immigrants_singer/06_immigrants_singer.pdf


Helping Low-Income Adults and Disadvantaged Youth Earn Credentials and Build Careers: Leading Foundations Speak about Policy Priorities, September 2010

This Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) Webinar discussed postsecondary education and credentials for low income populations to help increase economic mobility for this group. Speakers from the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Joyce Foundation provided information on best serving low-income adults and disadvantaged youth through education.

For more information, please see: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5728/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=24122


Implementation and Early Training Outcomes of the High Growth Job Training Initiative: Final Report, June 2010

This report from the Urban Institute details findings from an evaluation of the High Growth Job Training Initiative (HGJTI). The HGJTI was a national grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA) to establish industry-focused job training to meet the industry’s workforce challenges. Researchers conducted a review of grant applications and quarterly reports, made site visits to nine sites, collected data from grantee training programs, compiled quarterly earnings data from State unemployment insurance wage records, and analyzed administrative data from public workforce system agencies.

For more information, please see: http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412476-Implementation-and-Early-Training-Outcomes-of-the-High-Growth-Job-Training-Initiative.pdf


Strategies to Help Low-Wage Workers Advance Implementation and Final Impacts of the Work Advancement and Support Center (WASC) Demonstration, 2009

MDRC issued a report on the Work Advancement and Support Center (WASC), an innovative program designed to increase the incomes of low-wage workers. The program offered participating workers intensive employment retention and advancement services, including career coaching and access to skills training. It also offered them easier access to work supports, in an effort to increase their incomes in the short run and help stabilize their employment. The findings found that increased access to training for low-income workers appears to be a critical part of any advancement strategy, yet the earnings gains associated with participation in training may be short-lived if participants are not given more guidance about the right types of training to pursue or opportunities for additional training.

To view the full report, please see: http://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/full_516.pdf


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Job Retention

Sustainable Employment Strategies: A TANF, Workforce, and Child Support Collaboration, August 2013

The Region IV Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Region IV U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and Region IV Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) convened a meeting entitled "Sustainable Employment Strategies: A TANF, Workforce, and Child Support Collaboration" in Atlanta, Georgia from August 14-16, 2013. The meeting provided TANF, Workforce, Child Support administrators and staff with an open forum for discussing critical issues impacting the collaboration of their respective entities towards sustainable employment strategies for their TANF and hard-to-serve population, and an opportunity to network both amongst themselves and with Region IV leadership. Region IV staff from each agency – ACF, DOL, and OCSE – shared lessons learned and gathered strategies that can improve their own programs' ability to identify and address multiple barriers, and develop pathways to create sustainable employment and career building opportunities for program participants. In addition, the meeting gave participants an opportunity to meet with their individual State teams to develop action plans that support interagency collaboration.

Agenda [PDF - 574 KB] Participant List [PDF - 512 KB] Speaker Biographies [PDF - 530 KB] Welcome Letter [PDF - 144 KB]

Addressing Barriers to Employment: Criminal History: Re-entry Job Details Description 1 [PDF - 724 KB] Re-entry Job Details Description 2 [PDF - 445 KB] Network Contacts Blank Form [PDF - 141 KB] Strategic Outreach Presentation [PDF - 405 KB] Telephone Log Blank Form [PDF - 72 KB] TOPPSTEP Client Job Search Plan [PDF - 254 KB] TOPPSTEP: The Offender Parolee Probationer State Training Employment Program Presentation [PDF - 405 KB]

Addressing Barriers to Employment: Learning Disabilities and Adult Basic Education: o Addressing Barriers to Employment: Learning Disabilities and Adult Basic Education Presentation [PDF - 1,238 KB]

Pre-Conference Session: Business Service Training: How to Work with Employers Presentation [PDF - 15,347 KB] How to Make Career Connections Presentation [PDF - 1,678 KB] Business Engagement Action Plan Blank Worksheet [PDF - 116 KB]

Engaging Non-custodial Parents (NCP) in the Family's Self-Sufficiency Strategy: Child Support, Workforce and TANF Partnerships: Putting NCPs to Work Presentation [PDF - 559 KB] Texas Workforce Commission – NCP Choices Program Guide [PDF - 1,153 KB] NCP Choices – Comprehensive Field Guide [PDF - 6,709 KB]

Facilitated Panel – A Dialogue about Employer Needs: AETC Prescreen Blank Worksheet [PDF - 396 KB]

Importance of Employment Collaboration: Importance of Employment Collaboration Presentation [PDF - 742 KB] A Brief Review of the DOL Performance Regression Model Presentation [PDF - 3,297 KB]

Sustainable Solutions Session: The Annie E. Casey Foundation – Atlanta Civic Site Brochure [PDF - 2,887 KB] Sustainable Solutions – Atlanta Civic Site Presentation [PDF - 615 KB] South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families Overview Presentation [PDF - 85 KB]

Addressing Family Homelessness: Addressing Family Homelessness Presentation [PDF - 261 KB]

North Carolina TANF/Head Start Collaboration: North Carolina TANF/Head Start Collaboration Worksheet [PDF - 384 KB]

Resources: Additional Links [PDF - 223 KB] Program Summary Fact Sheet [PDF - 84 KB]

Final Report [PDF - 1,546 KB]


OFA Regions V and VII TANF Priority Update Meeting, September 2012

On September 11-12, 2012, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) Regions V and VII convened State TANF program directors and other key stakeholders in Chicago, Illinois to strategically engage with peers on effectively providing services to families in a recovering economy and to brainstorm better ways to help TANF participants achieve self-sufficiency. The TANF Priority Update Meeting consisted of multiple sessions covering an array of topics, including: business process management; strategies to improve postsecondary career pathways for low-income workers; developing and sustaining employment entry, access, retention, and advancement for TANF participants and low-income clients; improving services and tracking outcomes for special populations; innovative strategies for client assessment and service coordination; and effective strategies for engaging workforce partners through summer youth employment and subsidized employment.

Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services [PDF - 1,905 KB]

Assessment and Case Management [PDF - 379 KB]

Best Practices for Developing and Sustaining [PDF - 617 KB]

Business Process Management [PDF - 218 KB]

Chicago Agenda [PDF - 495 KB]

Developing and Sustaining Employment Entry,Access, Retention [PDF - 812 KB]

Disparities Reduction Innovation Projects [PDF - 201 KB]

Employment Service Considerations for Adults with a Major Mental Illness Using TANF MFIP Services [PDF - 665 KB]

Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Project [PDF - 771 KB]

Maximizing WIA Youth Funds to Support Summer Youth Employment Initiatives [PDF - 897 KB]

Practical Strategies for Assessing Job Seekers for Employment [PDF - 850 KB]

The Functional Assessment [PDF - 867 KB]

Wisconsin W2 takeup study [PDF - 393 KB]

Final Summary Report [PDF - 1,172 KB]


Increasing Employment Stability and Earnings for Low-Wage Workers: Lessons from the Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) Project, April 2012

The Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) project was launched in 1999 to identify and determine the effectiveness of different program strategies designed to promote employment stability and earnings growth among current or former welfare recipients and other low-income individuals. Using random assignment research designs, ERA tested 16 different program models in eight States and estimated effects over a three-to four-year follow-up period. The focus of this synthesis is primarily on the 12 programs that targeted more employable groups, as opposed to "harder-to employ" groups, such as individuals with known disabilities. The project points to some strategies that succeeded in improving retention and earnings among low-income single parents and provides some lessons. The study was conceived and funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, within the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; supplemental support was provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

To view this study, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/increasing_employment.pdf


Providing Earning Supplements to Encourage and Sustain Employment: Lessons from Research and Practice, May 2011

This brief was prepared by MDRC for the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation. Authors present findings and lessons for policy and practice from a random assignment evaluation on five programs that provided earnings supplements. Focusing on the effects of such programs for single parents, findings show that these types of programs increase employment, income, and employment retention for participating families, but have limited effects on employment advancement.

For more information, please see: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/welfare_employ/employ_retention/reports/provide_earnings.pdf


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Wage Progression

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