290 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14202
Hours of Operation: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Comprehensive Employment Division [CED] of the Erie County Department of Social Services provides integrated employment and training services for Temporary Assistance clients and Non-Temporary Assistance Food Stamp recipients.
In addition, services are available for recipients who request services and non-custodial parents of a TANF-eligible child.
CED provides assessments, job skills training, day care services, substance abuse treatment monitoring, and coordinates Workfare assignments.
ECDSS utilizes a 'Work First' approach to welfare reform and expects all clients capable of work to enter employment at the earliest time possible. Work First initiates immediate job search upon application and prior to cases being opened, and mandatory participation in 'Job Clubs' - which are supervised and specific group job searches.
If the initial job search activities fail to result in employment, Workfare, a short-term vocational training, or other employment assignment is required for all active clients.
The CED Plan:
- All clients are assigned employment counselors to assess work skills and history, client literacy, education and identify employment barriers. Counselors develop an employment plan with coordinated activities to achieve the goal of employment and self-sufficiency:
- Assign work activities including Workfare assignment(s);
- Develop job openings and place clients in appropriate skills training;
- Refer unemployable clients for rehabilitation services.
Low-Income Day Care:
- Low-income families who are employed and earning less than 175% of the Federal Poverty Level may be eligible for day care assistance.
- Family income determines the monetary contribution toward the cost of care.
- Parents have the right to choose any licensed, registered provider of care.
- They may also choose a Legally Exempt arrangement as long as the provider is enrolled by the Child Care Resource Network  877-6666.
- For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call:  858-TYKE [858-8953]
Day Care Related Topics:
For information on becoming a family day care provider, or about operating a school age child care program, please call the NYS Office Of Children & Family Services at  847-3828.
To report infractions of day care regulations, please call the: 'New York State Warm Line' at 1-800-732-5207.
To report suspected child abuse or neglect, please call 1-800-342-3720. Your call is confidential and representatives are available 24 hours/day.
2014-2015 Biennial Temporary Assistance and SNAP Employment Plan
ECDSS is seeking public comment on the 2014-2015 Biennial Temporary Assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment Plan. All comments should be e-mailed to Judith.Kolmetz@Erie.gov by Friday, December 27, 2013. Information regarding the plan is available on the following links: