Researchers spent 18 months following families to better understand how parental employment intersects with child well-being. Their study focused on 10 low-income families from two Jobs Initiative sites — Seattle and Milwaukee. The goal? Learn how workforce development impacts a parent’s job mobility and if this mobility — or lack thereof — affects their kids.

Launched in 1995, Casey’s Jobs Initiative aimed to connect inner-city adults to family-supporting jobs and improve the way urban labor markets worked for low-income, low-skilled workers. The eight-year initiative was active in six cities across the country.

April 20, 2002

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    An overview of Casey’s Jobs Initiative.

  2. 2

    The stories of 10 families that have a parent participating in the initiative.

  3. 3

    The initiative’s impact on participating parents, their families and communities.

  4. 4

    How a parent’s participation in the Jobs Initiative affected their kids.

Key Takeaway

In helping low-income parents become financially secure, one thing is clear: It takes time

This study found that Jobs Initiative parents still weren’t earning family-supporting incomes after three years of hard, steady work. Equally important: Their kids needed a similar amount of time to overcome existing academic, family and financial challenges. 

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