Working Families Program

Center for Women and Work’s Working Families Program conducts quality research and education programs on public and private workplace policies and practices that affect working women and families, particularly low-wage workers. 

Partnerships and Collaborations

  • Working with the New Jersey Time to Care Coalition, the Center for Women and Work conducts research, outreach, and education on family-friendly workplace practices that provide workers with "time to care."
  • Family Values at Work Consortium (FVAW) is a consortium of 16 state coalitions focused on paid sick days, family leave insurance and other policies that value Family Values at Workfamilies at work.
  • Working Poor Families Project (WPFP) is a national initiative aimed at assessing state policies and programs that are designed to help low-income Working Poor Families Projectworking families achieve economic security. The WPFP engages in partnerships with state nonprofit organizations to examine state work force development policies that involve education and skills training for adults, economic development, and work and income supports.


Watch as CWW's Karen White discusses the benefits of Paid Family Leave Insurance on The NJ Foundation for Aging's TV Show, Aging Insights. Karen White comes in at 12:15. White recently coauthored CWW’s study on New Jersey’s Family Leave Insurance Program At Age Three.


Recent Reports from CWW Working Families Program

Past Projects

  • Workplace Practices in Early Care and Education: Funded by the Schumann Fund for New Jersey, the Center for Women and Work conducted research on the management practices and organizational processes in early care and education centers. This study's aim was to understand the process of how childcare directors and early childhood educators in three- and four-year old classrooms make decisions about their work and how that decision-making impacts teachers’ job satisfaction and commitment, employee turnover, and classroom quality.
  • Destination DC: Funded by the Ford Foundation, the Center for Women and Work conducted research on the migration from El Salvador and the existence of transnational communities in greater Washington, DC.

For more information

Contact Karen White at or 848-932-0081.