Parent Pathways Survey

Governor Wolf signed the FY 19-20 budget at the end of June, which includes $2.5 Million for the Parent Pathways initiative, led by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Education (PDE).

Survey for stakeholders

The departments are in the process of developing a competitive Request for Applications (RFA) to award Parent Pathway models. We are continuing to receive input on the initiative and explore our options for distributing the $2.5M implementation funding. As previously shared, we plan to award grant funding in two phases for Parent Pathway models – first, for technical assistance for model planning and development and secondly, implementation funding.  

We recognize that in order to for Parent Pathways models to be successful, the awards should allow flexibility for communities to best meet the needs of potential participants in these programs. The departments request stakeholders complete a survey to help inform the development of our RFA. Please complete this survey by Friday, August 16th.
Additionally, we continue to encourage interested parties to work with community partners, education institutions, and housing support entities to explore community-specific strategies to address the goals of Parent Pathways and meet the needs of single parents and their families in pursuit of post-secondary education.

Overview of Parent Pathways

Parent Pathways seeks to establish community-specific comprehensive models to support access to, and success in, post-secondary education and training for single parents. Specifically, the departments propose to invest in holistic models that address the needs of parents and children together and successfully leverage partnerships to offer sustainable post-secondary education solutions to the multiple barriers often facing families experiencing economic challenges.  

Removing barriers to education empowers parents to pursue the skills needed for enriching, family-sustaining careers. Single parents, in particular, often face significant challenges around finances, housing, and child care that prevent them from accessing and successfully completing programs that could lift their family out of poverty, while also finding fulfillment in a meaningful career. Overcoming these barriers is often challenging for single-parent families on their own, but a network of support envisioned through the Parent Pathways model will create bridges to a life out of poverty that will shape families’ trajectories for years to come.  

Please visit for updates on the initiative and various resources available to assist you in community engagement and development.

Aggregate survey results may be made public.

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* 1. Please enter your contact information.

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* 2. Are you willing to share your contact information on the Parent Pathways padlet site? This information could be helpful for various organizations in the same community to connect with one another.

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* 3. List the three most significant funding needs you anticipate for your organization and partners to develop and implement a Parent Pathways model in your community. If possible, please provide a brief explanation for each need.

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* 4. Please list three areas of technical assistance (TA) that would be most beneficial as you plan and develop your Parent Pathways model. Examples of TA may include access to subject matter experts, discussions with successful, similar models from Pennsylvania or other states, facilitated community forums, connections to philanthropic organizations, or assistance in the development of an implementation plan. If possible, please provide a brief explanation for each need.

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* 5. Please indicate which of the following potential types of community partners should be considered for a proposed Parent Pathways model.

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