Strengthening Working Families Initiative

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Strengthening Working Families Initiative

What is SWFI?

Action for a Better Community has partnered with Rochester Rehabilitation Center (lead agency) and Childcare Council to identify and address systemic issues related to the provision of childcare, job training, and employment services to low- to middle-skilled parents. The Childcare Council helps enrolled parents find high quality childcare.

Through a federal grant, the Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI) offers programming in partnership with area employers, businesses, education and training institutions, and community organizations to create access to living wage jobs, and support career development in high-growth or in high-demand industries, such as:

  • Health Care
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Information Technology

ABC provides system level activities that addresses issues / barriers that affect parents who are low - to middle skilled from accessing opportunities leading to greater self-sufficiency.

Click here to view the SWFI Child Care Resource page.

Click here to view the SWFI Trainers Resource page.

Click here to view the Childcare, Training & Employment and Benefits Project Toolkit.


What Does SWFI Do?

  • Helps increases skills through short-term training and/or career advancement

  • Supplies career planning, assessments, job placement, and job coaching

  • Provides financial help for career-related certifications and uniforms

  • Leverages public and private resources for childcare and other support

  • Offers transportation assistance

  • Helps with affordable and safe childcare

  • Incorporates family-based nurturing and support

  • Works actively to make life easier for working families

  • Improves internal systems consistently for efficiency purposes

Participant Testimonials

  • “SWIFI helped me achieve more self-worth, self-confidence, and knowledge about other resources.”

  • “SWIFI helped me with childcare. It was helpful. Now I am a nurse.”

Participant Eligibility

  • Age 18 or older
  • Willingness to develop career plan and actively work on goals
  • Individual is the primary caregiver of child or children age 13 or younger. If a child has a disability, it is age 18.
  • Valid photo ID (driver’s license, NYS ID, benefits card, passport)

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Income level:

  • Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level guidelines for TANF recipients and Individuals
  • Below 250% of Federal Poverty Level guidelines if currently employed in the healthcare industry
  • Proof of income (pay stubs, DHS or SSI/SSD budget sheet, Form 1040 tax return, 6 months of unemployment with W-2 or SSI statements, notarized Zero-Income Affidavit)
  • Proof of Monroe County residence (addressed billing statement, DHS or social security letter, notarized affidavit of residency)
  • US citizenship or legal US residency



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