SWFI Information

Strengthening Working Families Initiative

Objective: “To help low- to middle- skilled parents access the affordable, quality child care they need to earn an education, participate in training programs and ultimately compete for better-paying jobs in emerging industries.”

“Caring for children and being responsible parents should not be obstacles for working families seeking to compete for better-paying jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “The grants we’re awarding today will help more working parents find affordable, high-quality child care while training for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

SWFI – Requirements

  • Must be 17 years of age or older and out of secondary school with high school diploma or GED
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Have childcare responsibilities and considered the custodial parent, legal guardian, foster parent, or other person standing in loco parentis of:
    • At least one dependent 13 years of age or younger; or
    • At least one dependent  with a disability or developmental delay that may exceed 13 years of age


Career Pathway

Eligible Programs

SWFI Program Requirements

  1. Attend orientation – Register Here
  2. Complete the My Next Move Interest Assessment and record you score (https://www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip)
  3. Create Arizona Job Connection PLUS Account  (www.azjobconnection.gov)
  4. Complete Registration Paperwork
  5. Bring the following documents with you to intake:
    1. Valid drivers’ license or state ID – bring original
    2. Social Security card
    3. Males  – bring proof of Selective Service Registration  or proof you were not in the US prior to age 26
    4. Veterans – bring copy of your DD214
    5. Birth certificates or proof of age of children in the household
    6. If you are not a US citizen, bring your Permanent Resident Card or Employment Authorization Card.
    7. If you were laid off from your previous employment, bring your employer statement, WARN notice, etc.
    8. Copy of high school diploma/GED/college degree or transcript from school
    9. Your income for all employment held within the last 6 months (current 2018 paystubs)
    10. Household/Family total income (spouse, parents, etc.) for all employment held by household members in the last 6 months.

What We Expect From YOU:

  • You will show up on time for appointments
  • If approved for training, you will attend all training sessions and complete all assignments
  • You will complete the training class
  • You will become certified/credentialed
  • You will seek and obtain employment
  • You will contact your assigned SWFI Career Navigator at least twice per month
  • You will respond to all emails from SWFI staff
  • You will let your SWFI Career Navigator know if you have any problems that will affect your attendance and completion of the program
  • You will be an active participant in reaching the next level in your career.

Contact Information

Shar Lee

Eric Robidoux