A Two Generation strategy
The Center for Working Families has been working in close partnership with Sheltering Arms on a Two Generation strategy to serve parents and their children in order to move them out of generational poverty. The focus of the approach is realize the interconnectivity of education, economic supports, social capital and health for overall family well-being.
- The Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) conducted a landscape assessment of nonprofit partners to understand how they were or were not serving children and their parents together. They then made small grants to some communities to deepen Two Generation work.
- A series of training programs were developed focusing on brain development and trauma-informed care to help people understand how toxic stress can impede progress and brain growth for children and parents.
- Technical schools have included early childhood education at their student information session so that parents can learn about their child’s learning development at the same time as they are investing in their own growth and development.
- Using a two generation approach to work deliberately to engage noncustodial parents by switching from a punitive approach to one focusing on overcoming barriers.
- Developing and designing Child Care Reform legislation to support early intervention for youth with children, and adjusting income requirements to access government benefits to a tiered approach in order to mitigate the “cliff effect.” This happens when a family’s income increases and they lose their eligibility for financial supports immediately versus gradually.
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