ERIC Number: ED460245
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Recent Changes in New Jersey Welfare and Work, Child Care, and Child Welfare Systems. State Update No. 7. Assessing the New Federalism: An Urban Institute Program To Assess Changing Social Policies.
Koralek, Robin; Pindus, Nancy; Capizzano, Jeffrey; Bess, Roseana
New Jersey has a history of successfully providing a strong safety net to support low-income families on welfare and the working poor. Despite its emphasis on work and responsibility, it has maintained a high level of support for many public assistance programs. The governor changed the emphasis of New Jersey's welfare program from education and training to immediate employment. This report profiles New Jersey's demographic, economic, and political conditions, then presents an overview of the state's income and social services safety net. The following three sections offer more detail on specific programs and services, describing recent changes, the administrative structure, general service delivery, and important policies affecting each program and program clients. New Jersey's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, Work First New Jersey, is described, highlighting the state's work-related component for TANF recipients and the overall workforce development system. The next section covers the state's system for providing child care for both Work First New Jersey and non-welfare families. The third section describes the child welfare system, particularly the interaction between child welfare and welfare reform. The report concludes with a summary of key features of the state's programs and service delivery systems. (Contains 13 endnotes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Low Income Groups, Social Services, State Government, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Working Poor
Urban Institute, 2100 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037. Tel: 202-261-5687; Fax: 202-467-5775; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.uipress.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.; Weingart Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.; Fund for New Jersey, East Orange.; Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee, WI.; Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.; Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families