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To Help Kids Thrive, Coach Their Parents

The Jamaica experiment helps make the case that if we want to improve children’s opportunities for success, one of the most powerful potential levers for change is not the children themselves, but rather the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of the adults who surround them. morenext

From New York TImes, May 23, 2016

Winning the Ground Game for Families with Two-Generation Approaches

Rooted in early vision – be it from indigenous communities, the settlement house movement, or others – the level of attention and interest in focusing on the strengths and needs of children and parents together over the past few years has been incredible. morenext

From American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) Blog, May 12, 2016

Albuquerque agency helps poor families build financial, social capital

“Income gets you by. Assets get you ahead.” A poor family that can effectively build its personal, social and financial assets can get ahead. Prosperity Works creates opportunities that help families set personal goals, such as owning a business, buying a home or paying for higher education. morenext

From Albuquerque Journal, April 23, 2016

Stakeholders push meeting pre-K needs

“The two-generation agenda has to be attached to the pre–K agenda,” Bullock said during a an event at the Community College of Philadelphia focused on the importance of preschool education and Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed sugar tax to fund universal pre-kindergarten. morenext

From The Philadelphia Tribune, April 20, 2016

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Becoming 2Gen: Ascend Network Partners Respond

Becoming 2Gen: Ascend Network Partners Respond

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Me and My Posse

Me and My Posse

May 13, 2016Read Full Post