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US Labor Department announces $54M in grants to improve access to skills training and quality, affordable child care for parents
Grants fund public-private partnerships focused on supporting working families

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of approximately $54 million in grants to help low- to middle- skilled parents access the affordable, quality child care they need to earn an education, participate in training programs and ultimately compete for better-paying jobs in emerging industries. Grants to 14 partnerships across the country were awarded as part of the Strengthening Working Families Initiative.

These investments will strengthen and support public-private partnerships devoted to helping parents advance in their careers by bridging gaps between local workforce development and child care systems. Partnerships will facilitate access to training in a variety of industries such as information technology, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services and educational services.

Participants in programs funded by these grants must be custodial parents, legal guardians, foster parents or others standing in place of the parent with at least one dependent. Grantees may use up to 25 percent of their total budget to provide quality, affordable care and other services to support participation in training.

“Caring for children and being responsible parents should not be obstacles for working families seeking to compete for better-paying jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “The grants we’re awarding today will help more working parents find affordable, high-quality child care while training for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

The department is awarding the grants – ranging from $3 to $4 million each – throughout the country, serving approximately 7,900 participants. Each partnership includes representatives from the public workforce system, community-based and faith-based organizations, child care service providers, an economic development agency, an education and training provider and at least three employers, or an industry association representing at least three employer partners. By leveraging additional public and/or private funding, these grants will promote activities that address barriers to accessing training and employment, including:

  • Co-location of training and child care services.
  • Increased access through unconventional training delivery times or locations.
  • Flexibilities related to scheduling and child care exigencies.
  • Improved access to child care and other related participant supportive services.

Funded through fees paid by employers to bring foreign workers into the U.S. under the H-1B temporary visa program, these grants are intended to raise the technical skill levels of American workers and, over time, help businesses reduce their reliance on temporary visa programs.

This announcement is being made as part of the first United State of Women Summit on June 14. Convened by the White House Council on Women and Girls, the summit serves as a large-scale effort to bring together advocates of gender equality and highlight areas of progress, as well as identify and meet remaining challenges. Experts, advocates, and grassroots and business leaders in both domestic and international arenas will be among those participating.

To learn more about the Strengthening Working Families Initiative, visit www.doleta.gov/grants.

Editor's note:  A list of grantees, their locations and award amounts follows this news release.

Grantee Name

State

Areas Served

Grant Amount

Action for Boston Community Development Inc.

MA

City of Boston

$3,462,075

Alachua Bradford Regional Workforce Board, dba CareerSource

FL

Alachua and Bradford counties

$4,000,000

City of Long Beach Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Net

CA

County of Los Angeles

$4,000,000

City of Phoenix

AZ

Maricopa County

$4,000,000

Community College of Aurora

CO

Aurora and Denver; Adams, Arapahoe Denver counties

$3,969,442

Family Footprint

SC

Greenville and Laurens Counties

$4,000,000

Memphis Bioworks Foundation

TN

Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby and Tipton counties

$3,984,433

Moore Community House

MS

Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties

$3,545,949

OAI  Inc.

IL

Cook County

$3,999,981

OIC of Broward, dba OIC of South Florida

FL

Broward County

$4,000,000

Rochester Rehabilitation Center

NY

City of Rochester

$4,000,000

The WorkPlace

CT

Fairfield County and parts of New Haven County

$3,432,200

Total Action Against Poverty in the Roanoke Valley, Inc.

VA

Counties of Roanoke, Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski; cities of Radford, Salem and Roanoke

$4,000,000

Vermont Technical College

VT

State of Vermont

$4,000,000

TOTAL = $54,394,080.00

ETA News Release: 
06/14/2016
Contact Name: 

Ammar Campa-Najjar

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16-1215-NAT