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Texas Fragile Families Initiative

Center for Public Policy Priorities

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Expanding Economic Opportunity
  • Grant Amount $58,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2002–December 31, 2002
  • Location Austin, TX, United States
  • Geographic Focus Texas

About this grant

The Texas Fragile Families Initiative is a statewide effort to increase the capacity of community-based organizations that provide services to young, low-income, never-married fathers and families. The project has grown into a 12-site demonstration effort in the state.Funding will support activities that include convening three Workforce Peer Learning Colleges to discuss the challenges of low-income fathers and policy and practice approaches for responding to these concerns; producing a set of policy and practice recommendations from the peer learning colleges to promote system-wide workforce development best practices and program modification; distributing Fidelity Bonds to programs that help fathers with a criminal history secure employment; tracking and evaluating use of the bonds at the 12 sites; and disseminating findings from the evaluation to help create state policy changes and future public funding. Additional funding will enable the organization to provide technical assistance to nonprofit groups and individuals on understanding the local workforce development system; conduct research on experiences accessing publicly supported employment services; and produce reports on the performance of local workforce development boards on job placement, retention and policy implementation.Since its creation, project accomplishments included building the capacity of each site; establishing an on-the-job training model for replication throughout the state; developing a job-training pilot; and promoting systemic modifications in the delivery of workforce development services to low-income fathers.