ERIC Number: ED443008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Steady Work and Better Jobs: How To Help Low-Income Parents Sustain Employment and Advance in the Workforce. A How-To Guide. ReWORKing Welfare: Technical Assistance for States and Localities.
Strawn, Julie; Martinson, Karin
This guide focuses on these two key challenges that states and localities have identified as important for the long-term success of welfare reform and work force development efforts: helping low-income parents sustain employment (steady work) and advance in the work force (better jobs). The guide consists of five parts and is structured to facilitate its use as a resource for policymakers, program administrators, and staff. Part I is an introduction and summary of key points. Part II reviews program evaluation and labor market research on the experiences of welfare recipients in the workforce and identifies factors that are linked to sustaining employment and advancing to better jobs. Part III draws on research and program experience to suggest lessons for how to implement work supports, such as wage supplements and post-employment case management. Part IV draws on research and program experience to suggest lessons for implementing job advancement strategies. Part V focuses on supportive services, such as child care, health care, and transportation. Throughout the guide, information is organized into bulleted material that highlights key points and checklists that denote specific suggestions for readers. The guide also provides numerous examples of state and local initiatives. Appendixes include supplementary figures and tables; contact information for 71 organizations; and 236 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Ladders, Economically Disadvantaged, Employment Patterns, Employment Programs, Job Placement, Labor Force Development, Low Income, Parents, Poverty Programs, Program Implementation, Promotion (Occupational), Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, 16 East 34 Street, New York, New York 10016. Tel: 212-532-3200. For full text: http://www.mdrc.org/Reports2000/SteadyWorkGuide.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY. International Urbanization Survey.; Alcoa Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.; George Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OH.; James G. Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; California Wellness Foundation.; Welfare Information Network, Washington, DC.; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.