Fact Sheet How Local Workforce Development Boards Support the Needs of Parents
Shayne Spaulding
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Access to stable employment with adequate pay is critical for families’ stability and livelihood. The public workforce system helps job seekers access training and jobs and can contribute to the economic stability of children, yet we know little about how the system meets families’ needs. This fact sheet provides a picture of workforce program services for parents under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), based on a survey of workforce development boards (WDBs) that Urban conducted in 2017 in partnership with the National Association of Workforce Boards and Innovate+Educate. Although many WDBs are targeting families and putting in place partnerships, funding and services to meet their needs, there are opportunities to expand these efforts, to collect better data to inform services, and to improve state and federal policies that were reported as barriers to serving families.
Research Areas Education Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Families Children and youth Workforce
Tags Subsidized employment Higher education Workforce development Economic well-being Public service and subsidized employment programs Child care Job opportunities Workers in low-wage jobs Job training Unemployment and unemployment insurance Work supports Work-family balance Beyond high school: education and training Kids in context Child care and workers
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center