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Working Across Generations to Move Rural Families Forward

Research shows that children raised in poverty are less likely to graduate from high school or remain consistently employed, and they are more likely to live in poverty as adults. So how can rural families and communities buck this trend and build on local assets — like their resourcefulness, relationships, and creativity — to ensure the long-term success of local children? morenext

From The Aspen Institute | Blog, May 26, 2016

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

It Takes Two…Generations

More and more nonprofits are jumping on the Two Gen bandwagon, employing this two-pronged approach that delivers powerful results by prioritizing both parents and children. morenext

From Counterpart CFO , April 19, 2016

Tryon: Summit confronts challenge of multigenerational poverty

Before last week, I was a believer in the Two-Generation approach to eliminating — or, more practically, reducing and mitigating — multigenerational poverty. morenext

From Herald Tribune, April 10, 2016

New Housing Hope board member was homeless herself

New Housing Hope board member, Kristina Jorgensen brings real-life perspective to Board of Directors that is proving invaluable to the agency. morenext

From Herald Net, April 08, 2016

Leaders Explore Two-Gen Approach

Leaders from around the nation are gathered in Sarasota right now for a Two-Gen Summit exploring ways to align and integrate early education programs with educational efforts for adults, and the Alta Vista programs are a single example of that combination of services producing results. morenext

From SRQ Magazine , April 06, 2016

Sarasota leaders explore new approach to homelessness and poverty

Community leaders, educators, social service workers and donors came together at the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota on Tuesday. The Community Foundation's Two Gen Summit focuses on an approach to provide opportunities for the most vulnerable children and their parents; in other words, doing whatever it takes to keep the two generations off the streets, mainly through educational success. morenext

From MySuncoast, April 05, 2016

Reflections on Moving #WomenForward

The Aspen Institute celebrated Women's History Month by hosting a series of conversations as part of the recent Aspen Forum on Women and Girls. Female thought leaders who are actively taking charge in tackling women's issues spoke on topics ranging from domestic policy impacting American women, to global policy and structures that women work through every day across the world. morenext

From The Aspen Institute | Blog, March 30, 2016

Helping babies deal with toxic stress

Children living in persistent poverty, suffering from trauma, and lacking supportive, responsive care-giving are at increased risk of toxic stress. morenext

From Marketplace, March 29, 2016

Tennessee Department Of Human Services Launches 2G For Tennessee Awareness Campaign

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) launched its two-generation approach to poverty with an informational webpage named “2G for Tennessee.” The new webpage outlines the Department’s strategy for implementing the 2 Gen strategy that creates cycles of success for Tennessee families utilizing the two-generation approach. morenext

From The Chattanooga, March 29, 2016

Strollers on Campus

With families in tow, parents on campus require different support than traditional students. morenext

From The Atlantic, March 21, 2016

Women’s Issues Are More Than Clickbait. A Nuanced Approach Can Build an Effective Movement

The women's movement has and continues to be a big tent movement -- interested in wage parity alongside climate change, affordable childcare alongside sexual freedom, global health alongside criminal justice. Why? morenext

From The Huffington Post, March 08, 2016

Vinci, Noriega: Keeping America great one child at a time

As the presidential primary season rolls across the country and debates escalate about keeping America great, it is important to refute those who believe the 47 million Americans living in poverty are doing so by choice. morenext

From The Houston Chronicle, February 27, 2016

When Low-Income Parents Go Back to School

Earning a GED can have financial benefits for parents who didn’t graduate—and make it more likely that their children will get a diploma. morenext

From The Atlantic, February 19, 2016

Dr. Dipesh Navsaria: In the big picture, we are all Flint

The recent news regarding the leaching of lead from pipes into the water supply of Flint, Michigan, due to corrosion from a change in water source has been well reported in the media. As a primary-care pediatrician who works with underserved communities, it broke my heart to learn that in this day and age countless children had their brain development stunted by chronic lead exposure. As a public health educator, it broke my heart yet again to witness the failure of a basic system that we should be able to trust: safe drinking water. morenext

From Cap Times, Madison, WI, February 12, 2016

Making a Two-Generation Model Work in the Real World Lessons from the HOST Demonstration

This brief synthesizes insights to provide guidance for practitioners on what it takes to implement an effective and truly integrated two-generation model. morenext

From The Urban Institute, February 10, 2016

NCFL Family Learning:  Call for Letter Of Intent (LOI) 2016

he National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and the National Head Start Association (NHSA), funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, will award five three-year, $160,000 grants for NCFL Family Learning. NCFL’s Family Learning model provides a two-generation framework to bring family engagement and family learning together through comprehensive, hands-on learning experiences. Current NHSA members are encouraged to review the RFP at this link. Organizations that qualify and are interested can complete the following LOI form. Forms must be submitted by February 29, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. EST. morenext

From National Center for Family Learning and National Head Start Association, February 09, 2016

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