ERIC Number: ED424359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
What Works. Integrating Basic Skills Training into Welfare-to-Work.
Murphy, Garrett; Johnson, Alice
A study was conducted to determine what was happening in literacy programs as a result of the major welfare reform law passed in 1996, and whether basic skills instruction was part of the solution. A nationwide search for exemplary programs that are using basic skills instruction as a fundamental component of assisting welfare recipients in moving successfully into the work force was conducted, and the 84 programs identified were judged by a panel of specialists in welfare, adult education, and employment and training. The review panel selected eight programs as exemplary. Common characteristics found among the successful programs include the following: (1) focus on employment-related goals; (2) hands-on work experience; (3) collaboration with welfare agencies and other community organizations; (4) early intervention and personal attention in addressing problems; and (5) commitment to continuous staff development. The study concluded that states can integrate and are currently integrating basic skills instruction into their welfare-to-work activities, and that more such programs are likely to be added beginning in 1999, because states will have greater latitude in combining education, training, and work for every welfare recipient counted toward work requirements. (The report contains the following: profiles of the 8 exemplary programs; a glossary of 15 key terms; contact information for the programs; 28 recommended resources, including organizations and publications; and a program nomination form and evaluation forms.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Demonstration Programs, Employment Programs, Federal Legislation, Job Training, Literacy Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Skill Development, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform
National Institute for Literacy Hotline, Tel: 800-228-8813 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.