Did You Know?

​​This section is dedicated to sharing information about lesser-known innovative programs and initiatives that the Bureau for Family Assistance and its grantees offer. 

Did you know the TRAILS (Traveling Resource and Information Library Service) program lends a wide range of toys, games, books, and professional resources to child care providers in counties across the state?

TRAILS is a mobile resource program designed to improve the quality and availability of child care services in West Virginia. TRAILS offers:

  • ​Developmentally appropriate toys, games and books for the use of children in family child care homes, centers, and facilities.

  • A wide range of professional resources to enhance program quality. They are available to all active providers receiving subsidized payment.

  • Assistive technology items for providers who care for children with special needs.​

You can check out resources for approximately a month at a time, or longer by special arrangement. We all know how expensive quality child care resources are - TRAILS is a great way to try it before you buy it. TRAILS is staffed by people with experience in the early childhood field who can advise you on which toys are best for what age group, how to use the resources on the TRAILS Van, and can provide training on various topics. Click here​ for more information about TRAILS program services.

Did you know that SNAP E&T has teamed up with WV Women Work Step Up program / WV Rural Water Apprenticeship to promote non-traditional careers?

The Bureau for Famly Assistance's (BFA) SNAP E&T Unit is currently working with the West Virginia Women Work Step Up for Women Construction Pre-Apprentice Program and the West Virginia Rural Water Association's Apprenticeship Program​ to create a pipeline for women to have a career pathway in the non-traditional employment sectors of water and wastewater treatment. This will help West Virginia Rural W​ater Association to get more females in the water employment sector. The current ratio is 93% men and 7% women. BFA is facilitating this relationship and working to help place SNAP clients into high demand, good paying jobs. ​