The best path to a job that pays a living wage capable of sustaining a family is through postsecondary education and workforce training. For far too many people, especially from low-income families and communities of color, barriers stand in the way to successfully completing education and training. Simply affording tuition and fees can be a major hurdle. In addition, there are other barriers faced by these families—food and housing insecurity, child care stability and affordability, lack of transportation, needing to bring wages in to supplement household income—which can undermine someone who is trying to juggle school, work, and family responsibilities.
How are funders working across these systems to offer parents and young adults the best chance of prospering?