The following activities, or combination of activities, count for federal participation requirements for revised textTANF cases:

  • employment (also includes self-employment, work-study, VISTA, and Job Corps);
  • new textwork experience/Work First
  • community service;
  • job search and job readiness for up to 6 weeks in a 12-month period - no more than 4 weeks may be consecutive;
  • vocational education training revised textand associate/bachelor degree programs, not to exceed 12 months for an individual;
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  • revised textsatisfactory attendance at a secondary school which leads to a GED or high school diploma for a parent under age 20.

TANF clients engaged in one of the revised textCore activities listed above for 20 hours per week (30 hours for revised texttwo work-eligible parents) may also participate in one of the following revised textNon-Core activities to bring them up to the required number of hours:

  • job skills training directly related to employment;
  • education directly related to employment if a client doesn't have a GED or high school diploma.
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new textNOTE: Satisfactory attendance at a secondary school which leads to a GED or high school diploma for a parent under age 20 meets the federal requirement. It is not necessary to report hours or to participate in an additional Non-Core activity.  

The Department must meet federal requirements for the number of hours per week and the percent of families in countable work activities. The amount of hours per week and the percents are:

1998 20 hours per week 30% of the families
1999 25 hours per week 35% of the families
2000 30 hours per week 40% of the families
2001 30 hours per week 45% of the families
2002 30 hours per week 50% of the families

The federal requirements for 2-parent families are:

1998 35 hours per week 75% of the families
1999 on 35 hours per week 90% of the families