Ascend Publications

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.

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.