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With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and in collaboration with the American Enterprise Institute, this project will explore the issue of child care access and affordability, particularly for those who work non-traditional hours, and what states are doing to serve them from both an access and quality perspective. One component of this project analyzes Fragile Families and Child Well-Being Study data to assess the relationship between nonstandard hour work, child care, and child outcomes. The second component focuses on state-level policies and what challenges and opportunities states are experiencing as they seek to serve nonstandard hour workers.
The findings of this project will contribute to the current understanding of child care access and quality for low-income working families, particularly those who work nonstandard hours, as well as how these issues affect child health and well-being. Policy recommendations will be developed to better serve nonstandard hour workers and improve the health and well-being of their children.
The Center for Employment & Economic Well-Being is building a community of practice with APHSA members, national policymakers, employers, researchers, practitioners, and other stakeholders to advance policy and program innovations in workforce engagement. Presently, human services agencies have too few tools at their disposal to design and execute practical and affordable engagement programs on a broad scale. However, with more focused connections and a better toolkit, states and localities can move more people into gainful employment.
The CEEWB has identified several areas of workforce engagement that present opportunities for new and budding innovations that will advance impactful workforce engagement efforts and help more workers move toward gainful employment, self-sufficiency, and health and well-being:
Leveraging Job Sector and Industry Growth
Place-Conscious Approach to Workforce Engagement
Microenterprise as a Path to Self-Sufficiency
Whole Family Approach to Workforce Engagement
Utilizing Our Understanding of Brain Science to Strengthen Workforce Engagement