CAHS hosted a webinar on December 2nd, 2014 giving a general overview on these programs, going over their basic features and what challenges and opportunities around these efforts in Connecticut.
Nearly half of America´s families struggle to make ends meet. In Connecticut alone, 80,000 families with children age 8 or under are poor or near poor. In 60% of those families, none of the parents have full time, year round employment; in 80%, no parent has an associate degree or higher education.
Two generation strategies have proved to be an effective, bold solution to address these needs: programs that work to reduce poverty not by targeting the kids or the parents, but the family as a whole. Instead of addressing the needs of each member separately, two generational programs work with the family unit as a whole, combining early care and education, professional skills development, parenting classes, health care, adult education and other services to provide true wrap around support to both kids and parents.
- You can download the PowerPoint presentation here, or watch it with audio below.
Resources from the presentation:
- The enabling legislation for the Two Gen Policy Group can be found here.
- The Annie E. Casey Foundation report on two-generation approaches is available here.
- The Working Poor Families project report on two generation strategies is available here.
- The Annie E. Casey Foundation has an extensive list of resources and links in this page.
Other reports and resources after the jump.