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Colorado Guide to 2Gen

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, nonpro ts, 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.

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2Gen Tools to Help Children and Families Thrive

“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.

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Staying Strong: Services for Children and Parents Together to Keep Families Healthy

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.

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Starting Strong: Policy Ideas for Quality Child Care and Early Childhood Development

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.

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Efficient, Effective Services: Career Pathways and Lasting Economic Stability for Families

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.

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Children and Families at the Center

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.

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Community Leadership for 2Gen Approaches

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.

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Ascend Messaging Guide and Tip Sheet

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.

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Scaling Up, Scaling Out

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.

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State Human Services Model: Colorado as a Case Study for Policymakers

This case study offers readers an in-depth look at how Colorado has embraced a two-gernation approach across state and county agencies and the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. It offers practical tools and resources in addition to lessons from Colorado's work. September 2016.

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Two-Generation Playbook

Ascend at the Aspen Institute publication on the two-generation approach and its core components. September 2016.

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Whole Family Approach

The demographics of families in poverty around the globe may be diverse, but parents’ dreams for their children are similar everywhere: good health, a good education, economic stability, and a better future. May 2016.

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Making Tomorrow Better Together

This report from the Two-Generation Outcomes Working Group is designed to set a foundation for how practitioners and policymakers consider the intended outcomes of two-generation programs and the pathways to achieve those outcomes. March 2016

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Home-Grown Social Capital

Study which expands how higher education for formerly incarcerated women facilitates family and community transformation. Using the two-generation lens, it reflects the way women and men in communities affected by incarceration actually experience family relationships. Susan Sturm, Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia and Vivian Nixon, College and Community Fellowship. September 2015.

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Two-Generation Strategies

Brief with information about two-generation strategies and the levers of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Ascend at the Aspen Institute, July 2015.

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The Elephant in the Clinic: Early Literacy and Family Well-Being

Early literacy and family well-being through Reach Out and Read. White Paper authored by Dipesh Navsaria, MpH, MSLIS, MD, Amy Shriver, MD. October 2015.

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Reimagining 2Gen Pathways- Bold Ideas for 2015, Ascend at the Aspen Institute

Innovations from the Ascend Network and Aspen ThinkXChange: National Forum on Two-Generation Solutions, April 2015.

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Two Open Windows: Infant and Parent Neurobiologic Change

This paper shares interventions and research on 2Gen brain science and toxic stress. Ascend Fellow, Dr. Sarah Watamura and Dr. Philyoung Kim. June 2015.

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Two Generations. One Future: An Anthology from the Ascend Fellowship

A collection of pieces that offers insights into "2Gen 2.0" approaches spearheaded by 20 leaders from across sectors, including the fields of human services, mental health, justice-involved families, and early childhood. Edited by Dr. Christopher King, Dr. P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, and Dr. Mario Small. April 2015.

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Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows, Class of 2015

Read the profiles of the Ascend Fellows working to advance two-generation solutions, economic security, educational success, and health and well-being for children, parents, and their families. April 2015.

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