Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative: How TANF can support skills for low-income parents, and how policymakers can help

By Brooke DeRenzis, Kermit Kaleba, October 17, 2016

Growing a skilled labor pool is increasingly important in an economy where as many as 80 percent of job openings will require some form of postsecondary education or training. But for many workers — including low-income, working parents — access to training alone is not enough.

This issue brief highlights Arkansas’ Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) as an example of a successful state policy that helps low-income parents earn in-demand credentials. CPI combines adult education and postsecondary training with critical supports like case management, child care and transportation assistance, and help with the costs of tuition, books, supplies, and testing fees.