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Thursday, March 17 • 3:15pm - 4:40pm
TH3.15.10 The Promise of Two-Generation Strategies: Lessons From the Field

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There is increasing interest from policymakers, practitioners, and scholars on the potential for two-generation service models for breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Traditionally, most social service programs focus either on low-income children, e.g. Head Start or school-based interventions, or adults, e.g. employment or training interventions. But decades of research have shown that the results of these single-focus interventions are generally modest and that too many families remain in deep poverty and stuck in chronically disadvantaged, racially segregated and chronically violent communities (Sampson 2012, Sharkey 2013). Two-generation models are designed to address the multidimensional aspects of family poverty and seek to intentionally integrate services for children with services for their parents with the goal of “moving the needle” in longer and better ways for both. While there is a resurgence of interest in two-generation models, there is little evidence about what it takes to implement an effective program, or what such a model looks like on the ground. In particular, we need to know more about what true service integration looks like, why and how it matters for families, and the critical role of the case managers or coaches in ensuring that services are appropriate and mutually-reinforcing. This session will explore these issues drawing on the research findings on the early implementation experiences of three very different two-generation models: The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Family Economic Success-Early Childhood (FES-EC) and Family-Centered Community Change (FCCC) initiatives; The Urban Institute's Housing Opportunities and Services Together (HOST) Demonstration, and The United Way of Santa Fe County. Discussants will offer lessons for the field, drawing on the knowledge and experience of Aspen’s Ascend Initiative, which has taken the lead in promoting two-generation strategies.


Mary Bogle

Urban Institute

Rosa Maria Castaneda

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Katherine Freeman

President/CEO, United Way of Santa Fe County

Marjorie Sims

Ascend at The Aspen Institute


Marjorie Sims

Ascend at The Aspen Institute

Thursday March 17, 2016 3:15pm - 4:40pm PDT
Aqua 313