New Nationwide Survey Examining Strategies for Workforce Development

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City leaders across the country know well the direct connection between a city’s economic stability and its families’ financial health. They understand that family financial health begins with the stable and gainful employment of parents.

The National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families recently launched a city survey to learn about how cities help parents gain and maintain employment, and advance in their careers.

We have heard from cities that focus specifically on supporting parents in their employment goals:

  • The City of Hanover Park, Illinois, collaborates with two community colleges and other partners to target parents for job search and readiness programs through its Education and Worknet Center.
  • The City of San Diego, is a partner in the CLIMB 2Gen initiative, which provides workforce assistance to parents and quality childcare for their children.
  • The City of Cleveland, Ohio, offers opportunities for subsidized work experiences for young parents through the Towards Employment program.

These and other cities are taking steps to ensure parents have access to employment opportunities. And we want to hear more — so we have extended the survey deadline to capture more city stories and examples.

Please take this short (15-minute) survey by July 20. As a bonus, two respondents who complete the survey will be selected at random to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

To learn more please view our previously recorded webinar entitled “Boosting Economic Mobility for Families through Parent-Centered Employment Strategies”. Our speakers offered insights that may be helpful to respondents completing the survey.

You can view the webinar here.

NLC will conduct follow-up interviews with select survey participants and bring together a small group of cities for an in-depth discussion in Washington, D.C. about ways to better meet the needs of 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

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