Two-generation programs, which provide workforce development and skills training to parents while their children are engaged in quality early-childhood education programs, are a promising investment and anti-poverty strategy gaining momentum across the country. Surprisingly, few early learning programs target parents for postsecondary education and training, despite the fact that increased parental education and family income are associated with better outcomes for children.

This policy research briefing examines evidence supporting two-generation investments and discusses several initiatives and evaluations that are currently underway, including a pilot project in Evanston, Ill.



Two-Generation Solutions: Evidence from the Field

Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Frances Willard Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, Associate Provost for Faculty, and IPR Fellow; and Teresa Eckrich Sommer, IPR Senior Research Scientist, Northwestern University

Paying It Forward: Student-Parents and Their Pathways to College Degrees

Sara Goldrick-Rab, Associate Professor of Education Policy Studies and Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Children's Savings Accounts to Brighten Outlooks Toward the Future

Mesmin Destin, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and of Psychology, and IPR Associate, Northwestern University


David Figlio, IPR Director and Fellow, and Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy and of Economics, Northwestern University


Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Evanston Township High School
1600 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL


Registration is required by Friday, April 11. Seating is limited. Dinner will be served.


This event is co-sponsored with the Childcare Network of Evanston, Evanston Township High School, Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy, the Evanston Community Foundation, and Ascend at the Aspen Institute