Local Workforce Development Boards and Child Care
Some lower-income parents face unique challenges, when participating in programs designed to improve their occupational and academic skills, because of the lack of access to affordable, quality childcare. Extracted from interviews with administrators from five Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs), this report explores how these LWDBs addressed the childcare barriers their clients face. A key finding notes the level of local leadership and vision that led to varied strategies and approaches to better serve families in diverse administrative contexts. Another finding indicates that LWDBs can address childcare challenges by 1) partnering with agencies administering Child Care and Development Block Grants and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds; 2) actively seeking local partners; and 3) using WIOA funds for supportive services to address some childcare needs.
Evaluation of SNAP Employment and Training Pilots
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s (SNAP’s) Employment and Training (E&T) program can provide its participants with needed education, training, and support services so they can obtain meaningful employment that leads to economic self-sufficiency. This report identifies SNAP Pilot Project grantees’ enrollment goals and services and their achievements and challenges. The pilot project states found it was necessary to provide a range of support services—training materials, driver’s licenses, car repairs, rental assistance, and work clothing—to enhance the ability of participants to complete training programs and obtain employment. Two key recommendations derived from state SNAP E&T programs include 1) refinement of service flows to increase participation and 2) the provision of a wide variety of support services.
Implementing Healthcare Career Pathway Training Programs in Rural Settings
This brief addresses the challenges for rural residents to access the healthcare training programs that lead to career pathways. The Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants 2.0, located at Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Turtle Mountain Community College, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board, and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe are programs that operate in remote, sparsely populated rural communities and are the subjects of this brief. The findings indicate the following services are critical when providing access to healthcare training programs: 1) offer certification exams at training sites and financial assistance (e.g., gasoline gift cards) to address transportation barriers; 2) host training programs at locations convenient for participants; and 3) incorporate distance learning.