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The TEA program is federally funded and provides time-limited cash assistance to needy families with (or expecting) children. In addition, TEA furnishes parents with work training and other supportive services they need in order to attain permanent self-sufficiency. The TEA program also provides assistance to children being cared for by non-parental guardians.

Work Pays

Arkansas Work Pays is a post-employment program that provides assistance to prior participants of the Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA) program. Participating families are eligible for the same support services and assistance as families enrolled in the TEA program and will receive a monthly cash assistance payment. The extra income provided is designed to help families make an easier transition to self-sufficiency.

Career Pathways

Under the Career Pathways Initiative, Arkansas invests public funds to support the development and implementation of career pathway programs in the state's two-year colleges and technical institutions for low-income families. In addition, career pathway programs provide training in local high-demand occupations and career fields, in addition to intensive counseling and supplemental services such as child care and transportation assistance.

Community Investment Initiative

Workforce contracts with private or community organizations, including faith-based organizations, to offer services and supports to parents, child, and youth in their communities. The Community Investment Initiative focuses on improving outcomes for youth; parenting and family functioning, marriage and relationship skills, employment skills and family connections of parents who leave state jails and prisons; and support devices to child-only cases in the TEA program.
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