To help parents gain the training and education needed to increase their skills to obtain or advance in jobs in high-growth or in-demand H-1B industries, Mathematica and our partner provided grantee technical assistance.
Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI) grantees were public-private partnerships that collaborated to address parents’ training and supportive service needs, while creating sustainable local changes that helped families navigate the workforce and childcare systems simultaneously. Mathematica’s SWFI technical assistance team supported grantees in these ambitious efforts.
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
We worked with 13 nonprofit organizations, local workforce development boards, institutions of higher learning, and municipalities that operated SWFI programs to connect participants’ training and education with child care. The 13 SWFI grantees provided services in 12 states across the continental United States.
SWFI grantees were public-private partnerships that collaborated to address parents’ training and supportive service needs, while creating sustainable local changes that helped families navigate the workforce and childcare systems simultaneously. The Mathematica team provided ongoing technical assistance (TA) to grantees as they operated their SWFI programs.
The TA aimed to increase grantees’ capacity to assess challenges and needs, and capitalize on opportunities to align workforce and child care systems; identify creative, workable strategies for systems change and for engaging and serving families; and assist grantees to implement the strategies and monitor success. Mathematica’s LI² (Learn, Innovate, Improve) framework informed the SWFI TA team’s work. The TA team provided individualized coaching to each grantee; organized numerous convenings, webinars, office hours, and peer sharing sessions; and developed and curated dozens of written resources including tip sheets, Bright Ideas briefs, promising practices, and blog posts. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Evidence & Insights From This Project
Labor Department Grant Program Addresses Job Training Barriers for Parents
Many American parents who would like to enhance their skills and build careers in high-growth industries face barriers to participating in training, such as access to child care.Learn More