Help NLC Learn About Workforce Strategies for Families

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Does your city consider the unique needs of parents and families when designing workforce development strategies? Does it conduct targeted outreach to make sure parents know about jobs and training opportunities available to them?

Recognizing the importance of family economic stability to the health and vitality of all cities, the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families is launching a new city survey focused on family-centered employment. We are asking city representatives to help us learn how cities around the country are ensuring that parents, the backbone of America’s communities, have access to employment with family-sustaining wages and skill advancement opportunities.

Please join us and take this short survey by June 29. As a bonus, two respondents who complete the survey will be selected at random to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

Additionally, NLC held a webinar on this topic earlier this month entitled “Boosting Economic Mobility for Families through Parent-Centered Employment Strategies”. The webinar featured remarks from NLC’s First Vice President and Gary, Indiana, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. National expert Sarah Haight from Ascend at the Aspen Institute offered information about family-focused strategies, and a representative in Garrett Country, Maryland, shared “on-the-ground” thoughts from the perspective of a local program.

Together, they offered insights that may be helpful to respondents completing the survey. You can view the webinar here.

Once data are collected from the survey, NLC will conduct follow-up interviews and bring together a small group of cities for an in-depth discussion in Washington, D.C. about ways to better serve parents in employment programs. NLC will share results with cities in early 2019.

So please spend 15 minutes taking the survey, and feel free to share it with colleagues.

For more information, please contact Courtney Coffin at 202-626-3073 or email at Also, check out our previous blog about the parent-centered employment initiative for more information!

Courtney_Coffin2_readyAbout the author: Courtney Coffin is the Senior Associate for Economic Opportunity and Financial Empowerment in NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. Contact Courtney at