Adult Job Seekers

WorkFirst Programs

The WorkFirst Program is Washington State’s welfare-to-work strategy. It is based on the belief that everyone has abilities needed in today’s workforce with work as the foundation building block to assist families to get off welfare. Washington initiated the WorkFirst Program in August 1997 to help low-income families become self-sufficient by providing employment services, training, child care, and other support services necessary for parents to get a job, keep a job and move up a career ladder.

The South Central Workforce Council and its subcontractors (People For People, Yakima Valley Farm Worker Clinic/Northwest Community Action Center and Employment Security Columbia Gorge) provide WorkFirst parents opportunities to gain job skills and experience through a variety of work readiness programs.



To be eligible for the WorkFirst Program you must be receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) from the State of Washington and reside in Kittitas, Yakima, Klickitat or Skamania counties.


WorkFirst participants will be placed on a work experience jobsite for up to 20 hours a week in a career of their interest. The participant will also be required to attend educational and barrier reduction activities for an additional 20 hours a week.

Additional Information

For additional information on the Workfirst programs contact:

  • People For People – Kittitas and Yakima Counties
    • Ellensburg (509) 925-5311
    • Yakima (509) 248-6726
    • Toppenish (509) 865-5221
    • Sunnyside (509) 836-1156
  • Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic/Northwest Community Action Council–Yakima County
    • Toppenish (509) 865-7630
    • Yakima (509) 574-0152
    • Sunnyside (509) 836-1106
  • WorkSource Yakima County
    • Yakima (509) 574-0181
    • Sunnyside (509) 836-1106
  • People For People – Klickitat and Skamania counties
    • Goldendale (509) 773-5503
    • White Salmon (509) 493-1210
    • Stevenson (509) 427-4464

Additional Resources

Basic Health

(Health care insurance for low income individuals or families)

To apply, contact: 1-800-660-9840

Working Connections Child Care

(Help with child care costs)

To apply, contact: 1-800-446-1114

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

To apply, contact: 1-877-KIDS-NOW

ECEAP (Subsidized programs for infant, toddlers, and preschoolers)

To apply, contact: 360-725-2830

Housing Assistance

To apply, contact: 1-800-955-2232

Food Stamps

To apply, contact: 1-877-980-9140

Head Start (For children 3-5 years old)

To apply, contact: 360-725-2830

Medicaid (Social and health services for low income individuals or families)

To apply, contact: 1-800-562-3022

Utility Assistance (LIHEAP) (Help with heating and electricity bills for low income individuals and families)

To apply, contact: 360-725-2866

Parent Help 1-2-3

Information on food and health resources


Helpful Links

For more information about the WorkFirst program:

Self Sufficiency Calculator:

Washington Information Network (WIN) 211:

People For People:

Northwest Community Action Center :

Washington Career Bridge :

The South Central Workforce Council's WorkFirst Programs are supported by Grant No. G-1102WATANF awarded by US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the HHS. Grant funds are administered by the WorkFirst Program, Washington State Department of Commerce.