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Phoenix Secures $4 Million Strengthening Working Families Initiative Grant Phoenix Secures $4 Million Strengthening Working Families Initiative Grant <div class="ExternalClassD20FC3B465F74D25A0012F030B29D6B2"><p><em>U.S. Department of Labor grant helps fund public-private partnerships focused on supporting working families </em></p><p><em> </em></p><p>The city of Phoenix has won a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to assist 600 low-income parents with dependent children attain quality and affordable child care and training for better-paying jobs in the healthcare, information technology and business industries.</p><p> </p><p>"For too many working families, lack of access to reliable quality childcare can be a barrier to getting and keeping a good job," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "This grant will help hundreds of families in Maryvale change their economic circumstances for the better, while improving the quality of our workforce and economy overall." </p><p> </p><p>"A qualified workforce is the single most important asset we have as we are recruiting new companies to Phoenix. With the focus on information technology, healthcare and insurance this grant gives us an even broader workforce to leverage in bringing new jobs into the market," said city of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Director Christine Mackay. "We have a great workforce in Phoenix, and giving more individuals the opportunity to secure a good job will continue to propel our economy forward."</p><p> </p><p>The grant was secured by the city's Community & Economic Development and Human Services departments and an interdisciplinary team that includes the Arizona Department of Economic Security Child Care Administration, the Association for Supportive Child Care, the Maricopa County Community College District, the Phoenix and Maricopa County ARIZONA@WORK American Job Centers, and MAXIMUS Human Services, Incorporated.</p><p> </p><p>The grant will provide funding for parents living primarily in Maryvale and Mesa and includes flexibility to serve the greater Maricopa County region.</p><p> </p><p>"This grant provides a tremendous opportunity to positively impact families in the East Valley and Mesa," said Steve Chucri, Maricopa County Supervisor, District 2.   </p><p> </p><p>The project that will be funded through this grant aims to remove barriers to training encountered by low-income parents, specifically access to quality child care and navigation of the complex systems to obtain the services they need, by offering training through the college district and customized support services leading to job placement in middle- to high-skilled technical occupations, or jobs which promote movement along a career pathway. </p><p> </p><p>Program recruitment and enrollment is anticipated to begin in early 2017. As detailed program information becomes available it will be posted online at <a href="http://www.arizonaatwork.com/phoenix/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">arizonaatwork.com/phoenix</span></a>.</p><p> </p><p>For more information about this program, please contact Kerri Barnes, CEDD Workforce Development Supervisor at <span class="baec5a81-e4d6-4674-97f3-e9220f0136c1" style="white-space:nowrap;">602-262-6776</span>.</p></div>6/15/2016 7:00:00 AMKerri Barnes602-262-6776