Brief Work Requirements, Education and Training, and Child Care
Gina Adams, Shayne Spaulding
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Work requirements for key safety net programs are currently being discussed across the country. It is important that this debate be based on an understanding of what recipients need to meet those requirements and to successfully place themselves on a path toward self-sufficiency. Among those potentially subject to work requirements are low-income parents with limited education and low skills who need education and training to find and keep stable jobs. However, a lack of quality, affordable child care often stands in their way. To inform current policy deliberations, we have compiled research insights about meeting the child care needs of low-income parents seeking education and job training from the dozen studies produced under Urban Institute’s “Bridging the Gap: Exploring the Intersection between Child Care and Workforce Development for Low-Income Parents” project. This brief highlights key insights for policymakers and lays out further questions to be explored.
Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Education Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Families Social safety net Children and youth Workforce
Tags Families with low incomes Subsidized employment Higher education Workforce development Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Welfare and safety net programs Economic well-being Public service and subsidized employment programs Child care Job opportunities Workers in low-wage jobs Labor force Job training Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Work supports Work-family balance Early childhood education Housing subsidies Beyond high school: education and training Kids in context From Safety Net to Solid Ground Hunger and food assistance Child care and workers Child care and early childhood education
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population