Child Care/Work Supports

Supporting Employment

Individuals have a far greater chance of entering and remaining in the work force if they receive work supports, such as child care, food stamps, education and training, housing supports, health insurance, transportation programs, and income supplements such as tax credits and supplemental public assistance. These supports enable parents to move successfully from welfare to work, maintain stable employment, and improve their skills so they can move out of poverty.

All too frequently, the federal and state governments fail to adequately fund or deny access to necessary work supports. States seeking to reduce expenses can easily do so either by cutting staff or resources in agencies that handle various work supports or by developing administrative procedures that reduce participation rates.

NCLEJ works with colleagues across the country to ensure that individuals and families continue to have access to the necessary work supports they need to find and sustain living-wage employment. Our extensive efforts to make child care a viable resource for low-income working parents are detailed below.

Focus on: Child Care

Consistent and affordable child care is essential. And that’s why, for so many years, governments at the federal, state, and local levels have committed themselves to providing child care subsidies. The funding has never been sufficient. Now, with increasing cutbacks and government revenues are down, NCLEJ has stepped up its efforts to assure that child care subsidy programs work as they should: