Stable high-quality employment

Overview

A stable job that provides a living wage, good benefits, and predictable, stable scheduling is the ultimate marker of upward economic mobility. Children of parents with high-quality jobs are more likely to grow up in safe, stable households, leading to better academic and social outcomes throughout their lives.

Employment outcomes can be improved with workforce development and justice strategies.

Evidence-based strategies

Providing low-income residents with broadband internet access, hardware subsidies, and digital skills classes
Housing and community development
Strong
Reducing crime by cultivating relationships between community members and those at high risk for being involved with violence
Justice and public safety
Strong
Initiatives to train, recruit, and retain educators and caregivers to deliver evidence-based child care and early education programming
Early childhood Post-secondary education and workforce development
Strong
Hiring, training, and retaining effective and high-quality teachers and school leaders
K-12 education Post-secondary education and workforce development
Strong
Creating a more diverse and inclusive local government
Post-secondary education and workforce development
Promising
Leveraging government procurement to improve public services and support small and minority- and women-owned businesses
Housing and community development
Promising
Helping residents experiencing long-term unemployment find secure jobs and stable income
Post-secondary education and workforce development
Proven
Requiring all employers within a jurisdiction to pay wages adjusted to local living costs
Financial security
Strong
Helping residents balance work, health, and caring for family
Post-secondary education and workforce development Financial security Health and well-being
Strong
Preparing adults for careers mainly in rapidly growing fields like IT, green technology, and financial services
Post-secondary education and workforce development
Proven
Paid short-term employment and internships for high school students during the summer
K-12 education Post-secondary education and workforce development
Strong
Facilitating residents' transitions to full-time employment through subsidized jobs and wraparound support services
Post-secondary education and workforce development Justice and public safety
Proven