In 2015, H-CAP was named a recipient of an $850,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) designed to increase employment, workforce mobility and family economic security for low-income healthcare workers who are parents.

Through this funding, H-CAP is piloting the Mobility and Opportunity for Valuable Employment by Upskilling Parents (MOVE UP Program) that aims to strengthen two generations - both children and parents- simultaneously. This dual approach will help people (particularly women, immigrants and workers of color) break through the barriers to career advancement often faced by parents of young children.

H-CAP’s MOVE UP pilot study will provide services to low-wage working parents who have at least one child 8 or younger, working with employer partners to help low-wage working parents’ advance to middle-income jobs.

We work with four partner sites located in New York, Philadelphia and Seattle.
Leveraging the broad array of labor-management training partnerships in its national collaborative of healthcare employers and SEIU unions, with the grant from WKKF, H-CAP’s MOVE UP pilot study will emphasize the development of career pathways for the low-wage and diverse healthcare workforce.

Through this grant, additional support will be provided to working parents of young children who are pursuing healthcare degrees and certificates to advance their careers and provide better opportunities for their children. The project’s financial support is intended to help mitigate a variety of common challenges confronting working parents in school, including:

  • Childcare costs
  • Transportation
  • Access to technology
  • Tuition support
  • Wraparound services (intensive case management, tutoring, job placement and employment support, English-language learning and other customized services)

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.