PM 21-01-00: TANF Activities

WAG 21-01-00.

Countable core and non-core work training and education activities help persons who are applying for and receiving TANF to develop work goals and job skills. These skills help needy families with children to become self-sufficient in the shortest time possible.

Support activities do not count toward the State Work Participation Rate, but are nonetheless important to lead the family toward well-being and financial self-sufficiency.  

For instructions on including activities in the Responsibility and Services Plan (RSP), see PM 02-09-00.

For TANF activity compliance requirements, see PM 03-13-00.



Subsidized or

PM 21-02-01


Employment for which wages are received. 

It is subsidized if the employer receives a subsidy from DHS to offset some or all wages and costs of employment. We do not currently have subsidized employment.


PM 21-02-02

Core When self-employed as a child-care worker paid at or near the Department rate, report actual hours worked. Otherwise, divide the number of hours worked by the federal minimum wage to determine reported hours.  See PM 03-06-01-c.

Work Experience 

PM 21-02-05


Placement in a supervised work assignment with a public or private organization that has an agreement with the Department.  

Unpaid practicums, clinicals or vocational internships/externships required to complete an educational program.

Work First

PM 21-02-06

Core A type of Work Experience New Manual Materialor Community Service which is pay-after-performance.

Community Service

PM 21-02-04

Core A structured program of activities in which the person performs work for the direct benefit of the community. Requires a position description and a signed agreement with the agency which is responsible for supervision.

Job Search/Job Readiness

PM 21-02-03


Job search includes making contact with potential employers, whether by telephone, in person or via the Internet, for the purpose of learning about a suitable job opening, applying for a vacancy, or interviewing for a job.

Job readiness activities for a client who is job-ready include preparing a resume or job application, training in interview skills, instruction in work place expectations, and training in effective job seeking.

Vocational Training

PM 21-02-07

Core An organized educational program that is directly related to the preparation of a client for a specific occupation. The program usually results in the receipt of a Certificate of Achievement or Completion.

Associate/Bachelor Degree Program

PM 21-02-08

Core An Associate or Bachelor Degree program that qualifies the client for a specific job or field of work.

High School/GED Program for Teen Parents

PM 21-02-09

Core An education program for teen parents age 19 or younger who have not completed secondary school or received their GED.

New Manual MaterialHigh School Equivalency/GED Program for Adults

PM 21-02-10

New Manual MaterialCore New Manual MaterialAn education program for adults (20 years or older) who have not earned their high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate.

Job Skills Training Related to Employment

PM 21-03-01

Non-Core Education or training that provides a client with the ability to obtain employment, or to advance or to adapt to the changing demands of the workplace. Job skills training can be customized training for a specific employer or it can be general training that prepares a client for an occupation or specific type of job.

Education Directly
Related to Employment  

PM 21-03-02


 a. Adult basic education for clients who test below a 9th grade reading level, or who need remedial education at the high school level or below to gain and maintain employment.

New Manual Material

 b. English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for a person with limited English language skills

SUPPORT ACTIVITIES Activity Description

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

PM 21-04-01

Participation in Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) activities designed to readapt the person with skills that help them become employable.

Medical/Family Care Services

PM 21-04-02

Barrier to work and training activities due to the client's own medical condition, or that of a spouse or child. Participation in activities to address and reduce the barrier which is pending with, or approved by CAU. 

Includes pregnancy 6 weeks prior to due date. 

Domestic/Sexual Violence Services

PM 21-04-03

Participation in services to cope with domestic or sexual violence issues which are a barrier to employment. There may or may not be a pending or approved Family Violence Exclusion. 

Mental Health Services

PM 21-04-04

Participation in mental health/counseling services to address issues which are a barrier to employment.

Alcohol/Substance Abuse Services

PM 21-04-05

Participation in treatment services to address an alcohol substance problem which is a barrier to employment.

Child Support/Financial Resources

PM 21-04-06

Activities which address paternity and child support, applying for and using financial resources wisely, and investigating future employment opportunities if not presently required to work.

Child Safety

PM 21-04-07

Activities which address parenting skills for children who are at risk for abuse or neglect. Includes DCFS and shelter activities. If an agency requires an activity which meets the description of a Countable activity, include it as a countable activity (ex. Community Service or Job Readiness).

Basic Needs

PM 21-04-08

Activities which address obtaining child care, transportation, food, shelter, and LIHEAP assistance for the family.


PM 21-04-09

Activities which address health-related education such as women's health, WIC, family planning and prenatal care. Includes good-parenting classes offered by the FCRC and community. Also includes activities which address medical needs not included in a CAU barrier request.