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The Ascend Promising Programs Profiles include a range of promising programs from across the United States that operate along the two-generation continuum: parent-child; child-parent; and whole-family. Developing criteria for a two-generation promising program are as follows:
Two-generation approaches provide opportunities for and meet the needs of vulnerable parents and children together.
Two-generation programs directly serve parents and their children simultaneously, through education, provision of economic supports, and/or development of social capital. To learn more about these three components, click here.
Two-generation programs may provide intensive services to either parents or children, but should have offerings in education (primarily postsecondary education and/or early childhood education), economic supports, and/or social capital that provide opportunities for the other generation. For example: an early childhood program focuses on providing high-quality early childhood education to children. To be considered a two-generation program, an early childhood program should provide opportunities for educational and economic success for the parent, for example through GED courses and postsecondary education, financial supports, and/or development of trusted relationships and networks through family support or other services).
Ascend continuously tracks emerging and established two-generation programs, and interviews program leaders for insights into strategy, operations, scaling efforts, and the experiences of families. To submit your program to the profiles, please email us.