Workforce Services

TEA Program

What is the TEA program?

Watch this short video to learn how the TEA program can support you and your career goals.

What does TEA stand for?

TEA stands for Transitional Employment Assistance. TEA is a program that supports people with children (under the age of 18 living in the home) by providing financial assistance and services while they work towards their education, training, and employment goals.

Who is eligible to apply for TEA benefits?

An applicant must meet all of these requirements:

  • Have a child under the age of 18 living with you or be pregnant;
  • Have limited or no monthly income;
  • Be an Arkansas resident; and
  • Be a United States citizen or lawful alien

What kind of benefits does TEA provide?

The TEA program can provide a small cash grant each month to help with expenses, and assistance with:

  • Finding a job
  • Upgrading your skills through training
  • Connecting to the right employers
  • Covering childcare or transportation costs while you look for a job
  • Completing high school or earning your GED (teen parents)
  • Entering on-the-job training or subsidized employment so you get paid while you train

Your TEA care manager will provide career counseling, mentorship, and guidance as you work toward employment and other goals.

How do I apply?

Visit or contact an Arkansas Workforce Center near you! When you check in or call, mention you would like to apply for the TEA program. We will connect you to the appropriate staff member. Workforce Center locations are listed below, or you can use this Google map.

We recommend applying in person so we can be there to answer any questions you may have about the application. However, you may also apply online or fill out a paper application.

Apply for TEA online using Access Arkansas

Paper application for TEA (English)

Solicitud para el programa TEA en papel (Español)

Arkadelphia	502 S. 6 St. 	71923-0620	870-246-2481	Altheia Woodard
Batesville	396 Barnett Drive	72501-2296	870-793-4156	Raye Ann Hager
Benton		400 Edison Ave.	72015-4313	501-315-7702	Angelo Zambrano
Blytheville	2825 S. Division St.	72315	870-762-2035	Dominique Euell
Camden	237 Jackson St. SW 	71701-0717	870-836-5024	Shemekia Hicks
Conway 	1500 N. Museum Rd. #111 	72032	501-730-9894	Diana Kirkdoffer
El Dorado	523 E. Sixth St.	71730	870-862-6456	Shemekia Hicks
Fayetteville	2153 E. Joyce Blvd. Ste 201	72701	479-521-5730	John Jones
Forrest City	300 Eldridge Road, Ste 2 	72335	870-633-2900	Alice Williford
Fort Smith	616 Garrison Ave. 	72901	479-783-0231	Tom Bonkofsky
Harrison	818 N. Hwy. 62-65 	72601	870-741-8236	Aaron Johnson
Helena 		819 Newman Drive 	72342	870-338-7415	Delois Hare
Hope		205 Smith Road, Ste A	71801	870-777-3421	Lola Smith
Hot Springs	201 Market St. 	71901	501-525-3450	Cindy White-Hamilton
Jonesboro	2311 E. Nettleton Ave. 	72401	870-935-5594	
Little Rock	5401 S. University Ave.	72209	501-682-0228	Dollie Fountain
Magnolia	104 Harvey Couch Blvd.  	71753	870-234-3440	Tamara Bowers
Mena		1100 College Drive	71953-0230	479-394-3060	Shari Dominguez
Monticello 	477 S. Main St.	71655	870-367-2476	Nancy W. Jones.
Mountain Home 	1058 Highland Circle, #20 	72654	870-425-2386	Jenny Patoka
Newport 	7648 Victory Blvd. Ste B	72112	870-523-3641	Raye Ann Hager
Paragould	1015 Linwood Drive, Ste 4	72450	870-236-8512	Kelly Aaron
Pine Bluff	1001 S. Tennessee St.	71601	870-534-1920	William Campbell
Rogers 		100 N. Dixieland Road	72756	479-636-4755	Tridena Feaster
Russellville	104 S. Rochester Ave. 	72801	479-968-2784	William (Neil) Golden
Searcy		501 W. Arch Ave.	72143	501-268-8601	Jennifer Pike
West Memphis	2000 W. Broadway	72301	870-400-2269 	Dejanette Smith

The Arkansas Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA) program is 100 percent funded by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, administered at the federal level by the Department of Health and Human Services and at the state level by the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services.

Contact Information

Division of Workforce Services
2 Capitol Mall Little Rock, AR 72201
P.O. Box 2981 Little Rock, AR 72203
1 Commerce Way Little Rock, AR 72202
1 Commerce Way Little Rock, AR 72202
1 Commerce Way Little Rock, AR 72202
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