• Engage: #2Gen

Two generations. One future.

This 2Gen Toolbox is a growing collection of resources developed by Ascend Fellows and Ascend Network partners — pioneering two-generation leaders and organizations working to create opportunities for and meet the needs of children and the adults in their lives together.

With the generous permission of the Ascend Network and Fellows, we are making these models, case studies, tools, and other materials available. Our goal for the Toolbox is to facilitate learning, adoption, and scale of two-generation approaches.

Unless otherwise noted, these materials were not authored by Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Ascend reviews the materials for relevance before posting; however, inclusion in the Toolbox does not signify Ascend’s unqualified endorsement. See criteria for inclusion.

We welcome feedback on these tools. We will continue to add to these resources and hope you find them valuable.

Learn more about the Ascend Network and Ascend Fellows.

A Two-Generation Approach to Ending Poverty in Utah

This brief describes the origins and work of the state’s Intergeneration Poverty Commission and Intergenerational Poverty Advisory Committee. Voices for Utah's Children, June 2014.

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Washington State TANF Fact Sheet

This tool shares statistics and infographics that share the importance of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families in Washington state and the United States. Washington Budget and Policy Center, April 2015.

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A Two-Generation Approach for TANF in Washington State

This tool shares insights on the importance of restructuring Washington state’s WorkFirst program (WA version of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) using a two‐generation approach to support employment pathways for low-income women. Washington Budget and Policy Center, April 2015.

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Core Qualities for Successful Two-Generation Programs Serving Latino Families

This tool identifies core qualities that exemplify the best practices in early childhood education programs and workforce programs that seek to put the Latino family, both children and adults, on a path of economic security and full civic engagement in U.S. society. National Council La Raza, July 2015.

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Self Assessment: Core Qualities for Successful Two-Generation Programs Serving Latino Families

This self-assessment tool contains three core qualities that were defined to create a successful two-generation program serving Latino families. National Council La Raza, July 2015.

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in Young Families

This report shares two-generation strategies for working with disconnected young parents and their children. National Human Services Assembly, December 2013.

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Two Generations Together: Case Studies from Head Start

This collection of case studies display both the successes of six Head Start programs implementing two-generation solutions. National Head Start Association, April 2015.

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Engaging Families in Education

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