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Why Congress Should Expand, Not Cut, Access to Long-Term Training in TANF

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Publication Date: February 2004

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Julie Strawn

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Research has shown that the welfare-to-work programs that have been most successful in helping parents work more and increase earnings over the long run are those that include substantial access to education and training, together with employment services and a strong overall focus on work as the goal. This paper provides data that argues for increasing welfare recipients access to longer-term training.