Ascend Publications

The Ascend 2Gen Early Childhood Development and Health Working Group identifies and prioritizes opportunities that can steer policy and practice in directions that recognize the close connections between early childhood development and health. This brief comes out of a Strategic Mapping Session in July 2017.

Colorado has already seen great success with a multitude of 2Gen efforts, primarily in the human services realm. Critical stakeholders within the state recognize that if they want to take 2Gen to the next level, they must go beyond human services and look for 2Gen strategies that cut across sectors, nonprofits, the business community, state and local governments, and philanthropic partners. Each sector will participate for its own reasons, but together they will lift up Colorado families and make the state even stronger.

The Colorado Guide to 2Gen provides a roadmap for the next phase of the state’s efforts to ensure that all Colorado families and children are valued, healthy, and thriving. June 2017.

Profiles of the inaugural class of Colorado Children and Families Health and Human Services Fellows, advancing two-generation work with breakthrough ideas and leadership in Colorado.

“2Gen Tools to Help Families and Children Thrive: A Resource for Staff Implementing Federal, State and Local Government Staff Programs Serving Children and Families” is intended to support Federal, State, and local program directors, policy experts, program specialists, research analysts, training and technical assistance staff, grants
and budget analysts and other staff in how to embed a 2Gen approach in new funding opportunities; reviewing applications; designing programs, initiatives and priorities; developing policy guidance; and designing both internal professional development as well as providing technical assistance to grantees. April 2017.

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.

Physical, mental, and emotional health have a major impact on a family’s ability to thrive.1 Childhood trauma, for instance, can have lasting health and social consequences. Research demonstrates that parents with health insurance are more likely to seek regular care for themselves and their children.2 By reimagining health care services to make it easy for children and their parents to seek preventive care at the same time “” through health centers or clinics that support families in making appointments together and providing child care while parents are seeking their own health care “” states can keep families healthy. April 2017.