NORWALK — State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton) has been appointed to the state’s Two-Generational Interagency Working Group, which is focused on helping low-income families develop economic self-sufficiency.
The Working Group was created following the passage last year of a state law establishing a pilot program to assess the impact of delivering school readiness and workforce development services simultaneously to members of two generations within the same households. The program has pilot sites across the state in several locations, including Norwalk.
According to the state Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors, fragmented approaches that address the needs of children and their parents separately often leave either the child or parent behind. Two-generation approaches provide opportunities for and meet the needs of vulnerable children and their parents together by focusing on education, job and career preparation, social capital, and health and well-being to create a legacy of economic security that passes from one generation to the next. The goal is to put the entire family on a path to permanent economic security and financial independence.