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Evidence shows a child’s healthy development hinges on stable relationships and supportive environments. Effective, high-quality early childhood development services, particularly from pre-natal to three years old, bring lifetime benefits to children, their families, and society. April 2017.

As states move to meet the needs of children and parents simultaneously, reimagining the way specific services are administered will help more parents get the education, training, and career jobs they need to provide for their children and move their families toward long-term economic stability. April 2017.

We started the year with a new administration and a call from the public for a renewed focus on economic security and opportunity. An uncertain policy environment is fueled by political polarization and a demand for change. In this shifting landscape, it is urgent that we articulate and advance a concrete agenda for children and families that leaders can
embrace at the community, state, and national levels. Both political parties agree: Investing in children and families yields major returns, including safer communities, a more educated workforce, and a stable economy. We have an opportunity to build on this common ground and shared commitment while holding our systems accountable for ensuring
positive outcomes for children, families, and communities.

In partnership with Ascend at the Aspen Institute, Sarasota County, with leadership from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, has explored, developed, and implemented 2Gen efforts since 2012. This brief details the process by which the Community Foundation embarked on its 2Gen efforts, key lessons and challenges that emerged from these efforts, results from 2Gen initiatives throughout the county, and examples of ongoing work. February 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.

There are multiple definitions for scale that center around the expansion, replication, and adaptation of programs. Generally when talking about scale, the term is used to mean one individual program expanding its own reach to serve additional populations or deepening its current efforts. This article examines the challenges of individual programs working together to scale. The goal of the collaboration described is for each service provider to reach additional families with unique services (horizontal scale) while also scaling across programs to ensure that a wider array of services are easily accessible for the family (vertical scale). January 2017.