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Recent Training Modules
The Office of Family Assistance offers free, self-directed online training modules. Topics available in the Online Learning Center cover Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program basics, Tribal TANF data management, and Coaching for Success to help TANF staff build their case management skills.
The interactive, self-paced modules are drawn from best practices so participants can understand the context behind the presented materials and learn how to apply techniques learned in the field. The modules also include links to other topical resources for further learning and more in-depth coverage of topics.
Coaching is a person-centered, strength-based way of working with others that helps them direct the changes they want to make in their own lives. The Office of Family Assistance has made available to State and Tribal TANF agencies and Native Employment Works (NEW) programs a 14-module eLearning Curriculum called “Coaching for Success.” This curriculum aims to leverage coaching techniques to support employment case managers. Taken over time or for a specific topic, these self-paced modules on active listening, powerful questions, emotional intelligence, praise, and other important techniques can elevate TANF case management services. For additional information and sample module demonstrations, please refer to this introductory OFA webinar.
“Tribal TANF – The Basics and Beyond” and “Tribal TANF Data – The Basics” are two online learning modules intended to support Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) staff or any individual interested in learning more about the Tribal TANF program through step-by-step instructions and screenshots. “Tribal TANF – The Basics and Beyond” covers topics such as Tribal TANF program flexibility, the purposes of TANF, proper uses of TANF funds, TANF work requirements and time limits, as well as strategies for TANF program management and achieving program goals and objectives. “Tribal TANF Data – The Basics” describes the background of Tribal TANF data collection and submission, the process of installing data reporting software, steps for submitting quarterly TANF data reports, and an overview of how tribes calculate work participation rates.
Upcoming Events and Webinars
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The University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research on Poverty will host a webinar on October 21, 2021 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. CT to discuss SNAP eligibility and the relationship of distance to takeup of SNAP benefits. The webinar offers a perspective from SNAP offices and stores that accept SNAP. Research will be presented by Marianne Bitler, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Davis.
The Kansas Racial Equity Collaborative is a statewide effort to understand the history of racial inequities in child welfare and to define the problem with a shared language to facilitate advocating for racial equity in child welfare. The Collaborative will continue its collaborative lecture webinar series on October 27, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CT, offering a perspective on racial inequities in early childhood education. Iheoma U. Iruka, founding director of the Equity Research Action Coalition at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development...
The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on the livelihoods, finances, and well-being of millions of individuals in Indian Country. Compounding the burden of job losses are widespread school shutdowns and the lack of affordable child care, which simultaneously hinder TANF-participating parents, particularly mothers, from gaining meaningful employment while imposing additional costs on already tight family resources.
These trends present urgent and essential demands on Tribal TANF programs. To respond to these challenges, the Office of Family Assistance will host a webinar...
The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration will host a webinar on November 16, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET to introduce CareerOneStop and its tools and resources to new users. CareerOneStop is a free comprehensive career, education, and job website that helps users conduct career exploration, make education and training decisions, search for jobs, and find assistance at the closest American Job Center. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development will also moderate.