Minnesota

Brief
March, 2012

This policy brief, developed by the Urban Institute for the federal Administration for Children and Families, describes how strategies have helped welfare recipients enter employment and increase their earnings. However, more remains to be learned about how best to substantially increase their self-sufficiency and financial well-being.

Report

Final Results from the Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration

May, 2012
Erin Jacobs Valentine

Transitional jobs programs in four Midwestern cities substantially increased short-term employment by providing jobs to many ex-prisoners who would not otherwise have worked. However, the gains faded as men left the transitional jobs, and the programs did not increase unsubsidized employment nor did they reduce recidivism.

Report

One-Year Findings from the Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration

October, 2010
Cindy Redcross, Dan Bloom, Erin Jacobs Valentine, Michelle S. Manno, Sara Muller-Ravett, Kristin Seefeldt, Jennifer Yahner, Alford A. Young, Jr., Janine Zweig

The Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration is testing a program that provides temporary subsidized jobs, support services, and job placement help to former prisoners in four midwestern cities. This report describes how the demonstration was implemented and assesses how the transitional jobs programs affected employment and recidivism during the first year after people entered the project.

Brief

The Role of Informal Care in the Lives of Low-Income Women and Children

October, 2003
Virginia Knox, Andrew London, Ellen Scott

Drawing on ethnographic interviews, this policy brief describes the patchwork child care arrangements made by low-income parents and discusses implications for policies that would promote the dual objectives of child well-being and parental employment.

Report

Six-Year Impacts on Parents and Children from the Minnesota Family Investment Program

July, 2005
Lisa Gennetian, Cynthia Miller, Jared Smith

While positive effects on most parents’ earnings and income faded after six years, young children in some of the most disadvantaged families were still performing better in school than their counterparts in a control group. And, for the most disadvantaged parents, MFIP seems to have created a lasting “leg up” in the labor market.

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