We know that kids’ success in life is closely tied to their parents’ ability to overcome their own obstacles. So many organizations are working to identify effective ways to address — at the same time — the challenges facing both parents and their children. That can mean giving parents opportunities to improve their family finances and train for a new or better job, and at the same time providing their children with high-quality pre-school services and convenient health care.
This 2-generation approach has been studied since its introduction and there are several case studies that say: Yes, it does work.
- The Community Foundation of Sarasota County Foundation, in partnership with Ascend at the Aspen Institute, have details on the process by which the Community Foundation embarked on its 2-generation efforts.
- Ascend at the Aspen Institute has also produced a report using Colorado as a case study for policymakers.
- The Nurse-Family Partnership and Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana, partners with the Ascend Network, have a report that examines approaches to scale and the lessons they learned from their 2-generation partnership. There's also a recording from their January webinar, if you prefer to study that way.
The 2-generation approach does tackle a lot of issues the whole family faces at one time, building up the family unit together. What are your experiences with the 2-generation approach? Let us know!