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Improving Economic Stability for Young Parents – Spotlight on Kentucky & Massachusetts
Thursday, October 15, 2020, 1:00-2:00pm

Join representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), the Kentucky Department of Family Support (DFS) to hear how they are working to better meet the needs of young parent families through TANF-funded programs. Examples will include place-based adjustments, cross-agency coordination, and gathering ongoing feedback from participants to inform program improvements. The Kentucky Works Program will share how they are working to establish participant and frontline staff “feedback loops” to better understand the needs of young parents in order to identify more enhanced, targeted TANF funded services to promote economic stability. MA DTA will share their new approach to using TANF funding in flexible and effective ways to support young parents through their Young Parents Program. The Southeastern Cohort on Young Parents and Families is led by Third Sector and partially funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program is a federal program providing funding to states, tribes, and territories for a wide range of benefits, services, and activities to address both the effects of and the root causes of poverty for families living below the poverty level. TANF grants recipient agencies have significant authority and flexibility in programming and services, with certain mandates (such as who is eligible for TANF) which creates a complex implementation system. The Kentucky Works Program and the MA DTA Young Parents Program are examples of TANF-funded state-level programs.

Oct 15, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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