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New 2-pager on Ascend Network efforts in Colorado. November 2017.
Use these guidelines and tips to craft tailored messages that bring your 2Gen work to life in a way that makes policymakers see what a good idea 2Gen is and encourages them to support spreading 2Gen where it makes sense. January 2017.
Educational Alliance (New York, NY) shares a programmatic example of implementation of a 2Gen framework. This slide deck is from the Using a 2Gen Outcomes Framework session at Ascend’s 2017 2Gen Practice Institute. This session focused on how organizations can improve their capacity to measure 2Gen outcomes and learn how to activate the Making Tomorrow Better Together report.
CAP Tulsa and Family & Children’s Services worked together to build the Family Success Plan (FSP). The FSP is used by Family Support Specialists to drive a conversation with families that helps the Specialist get to know the family, helps the family identify strengths and areas for improvement, and helps the family set goals. This conversation takes place soon after the family becomes enrolled in CAP Tulsa’s early childhood education program. The family and Specialist complete the document together, and the family determines where they are on each scale. Specialists follow up to coach families and track progress.
The Bridge to Self-Sufficiency® is EMPath’s theory of change as well as assessment tool that seeks to help families achieve economic mobility. The Bridge is a framework that builds integrated, future-oriented decision-making, allows the participant to organize and achieve positive steps, and aids in the development of these skills – first as an adaptive device and ultimately as a coaching tool for improving participants’ executive functioning skills.
CareerAdvance®, developed and run by the Community Action Project of Tulsa County (CAP Tulsa), is a model two-generation intervention that pairs early childhood education for children with career pathway training in the health care sector for parents. CareerAdvance® recruits parents from high quality Head Start centers and offers career ladders through certification programs in the healthcare field at no cost to families. Additional elements include career coaching, small peer learning groups, financial incentives for parents’ educational progress, and wraparound early care and education for children. This represents the first study of this type of two-generation program and is the beginning of a series of evaluations of CareerAdvance®’s effects on parents and children. April 2017.