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New grant will provide childcare to parents in training programs

Posted on 01/22/2016

On December 17th, the Department of Labor announced the availability of $25,000,000 in grants under the Strengthening Working Families (SWF) Initiative. The Initiative will award up to $4,000,000 in funds to partnerships between the workforce development system, education providers (including community colleges, community based organizations, and tech boot camps), child care providers and employers.

Funded by H-1B visa funds, the program is intended to address barriers related to child care that workers face in maintaining employment and engaging in training. Applicants will be required to show their partnership’s capacity to improve access to child care resources in a way that supports both parents’ current attachment to the workforce and benefits the long-term success of the child. The grants may offer recipients the chance to support career pathways in their region, as required under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), by funding services that improve access to child-care services, a key element of many career pathways External link opens in new window or tab.

More information available in the blog post by Katie Spiker.


National Skills Coalition blog post.2015. (accessed January 18th, 2016) http://www.nationalskillscoalition.org/news/blog/new-grant-will-provide-childcare-to-parents-in-training-programs?platform=hootsuite External link opens in new window or tab