The Center for Working Families Framework

A comprehensive approach to economic opportunity

Posted January 27, 2020
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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This report discusses the evolution and impact of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Center for Working Families (CWF) framework, which is an integrated service delivery approach designed to help low-income families achieve financial security. Introduced in 2004, CWF focused on three core service strands: 1) workforce development and employment services; 2) financial literacy education and coaching; and 3) improved access to public benefits.

In addition to this document, readers can explore a series of profiles that capture the implementation experiences of three CWF sites. The three organizations profiled are: 1) The Jane Addams Resource Corporation in Chicago; 2) Local Initiatives Support Corporation Indianapolis; and 3) SparkPoint at Skyline College in San Bruno, California.

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Findings & Stats

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Key Takeaway

A job — in and of itself — is not enough to move families out of poverty

Casey’s CWF framework bundled traditional workforce development and employment support with two new offerings: 1) help with accessing public benefits; and 2) financial literacy education and coaching. This approach aimed to clear barriers — such as unreliable child care and transportation, inadequate connections to health services and predatory lending practices — that too often destabilized the financial security of families.