Oklahoma City’s ET&E program provided education and occupational training to single parents to help improve their employment prospects.
Clients were assigned case managers who helped identify education and job development opportunities that were appropriate for them. Education opportunities included life skills workshops, adult basic education, general education diploma certificate courses, or English as a Second Language courses. Job development opportunities included vocational skills training, work experience (including internships), on-the-job training, or unpaid work. The program also offered reimbursements for child care and transportation expenses.
There was no limit on the duration of program services. A home visit with a social worker at the start of program participation helped to confirm eligibility for the program. The social worker and participant also completed an employability plan at this time.
The program was available to heads of single-parent households if they (1) had not received Aid to Families with Dependent Children in Oklahoma within the past 60 days, (2) had children older than 1, and (3) were not members of the Sac and Fox Native American tribes. Individuals ages 16 to 19 were also eligible, even if their youngest child was younger than 1. Participation in the ET&E program was mandatory for those who were confirmed to be eligible, and case managers could sanction nonparticipating clients. The ET&E program took place in Oklahoma City, OK.