EARN Program

The Employment, Advancement and Retention Network (EARN) program is jointly operated by the Pennsylvania Departments of Public Welfare (DPW) and Labor and Industry (L&I) in order to address the needs of welfare clients with barriers to employment.

The EARN program design focuses mainly on federally mandated core activities such as unsubsidized employment, on-the-job training, work experience, community service, providing childcare services to individuals in community service, job search, job readiness, and vocational skills training.

Since it is crucial that DPW achieve the federally mandated work participation requirement, the Local Management Committee (LMC) is responsible for ensuring the most efficient use of public funds in determining what services will be offered in their local areas to maintain clients’ active participation in the allowable core activities.