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In Colorado, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) program, known as Employment First (EF), promotes long-term self-sufficiency and independence by preparing SNAP recipients for meaningful employment through work-related education and training activities. The EF program is administered in 21 Colorado counties at local county human/social services offices and through organizations around the state, known as Third-Party Partners.
To learn where and how you can access Employment First services, expand the section below.
If your county is highlighted yellow on the map below, contact your county’s human services department to learn more about Employment First and to access services. If your county isn't highlighted yellow, click here for a list of Third-Party Partners and the counties they serve.
Please note: If you're looking for the Colorado Office of Employment First, a collaboration of the University of Colorado's JFK Partners and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, you can find it here.
To be eligible for the Employment First program, you must be receiving SNAP benefits. There are several ways to apply for SNAP:
Learn more about SNAP here.
Employment First offers work-based learning activities such as education, employment and training services. When appropriate, some of these services may be combined for you to meet your monthly work requirement. The following services may be offered in your county:
Although supportive services may vary by county, every county provides broad assistance to eligible SNAP recipients to help them establish economic security, enhance their quality of life, and promote employment goals. There are two ways to request supportive services:
To find out more about allowable supportive services, contact your county human services department.
In Colorado, the Section 20 Optional Workfare Program of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2018 is called the Colorado Workfare Program.
Employment First counties partner with workfare sites across the state to provide clients an opportunity to obtain work experience and enhance their job skills.
If you are interested in becoming a workfare site, please contact your county human services department to obtain additional information.
What is an Employment First Third-Party Partner? Colleges, community-based organizations, and a variety of other organizations that provide employment and training services to SNAP recipients may be eligible to become a Third-Party Partners. Third-Party Partners may be reimbursed up to 50% of any non-federal funds they spend down to provide employment and training services to SNAP recipients.
Please find a list of current Third-Party Partners here.
If you are interested in applying to become a Third-Party Partner, please do the following:
To learn more about Employment First, click on these links:
CDHS Employment and Benefits DivisionEmployment First county contactsFFY21 SNAP E&T State PlanFFY21 SNAP E&T Addendum FFY21 Workfare Program State Plan
If you want to file a complaint about a violation of your civil rights, please contact the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights.
Mail: 1961 Stout Street, Room 08-148, Denver, CO 80294
Complaint forms are available at http://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/filing-a-complaint/index.html.