What is a two-generational approach?*

Two-generation approaches provide opportunities for and meet the needs of vulnerable children and their parents together. They build education, economic supports, social capital, and health and well-being to create a legacy of economic security that passes from one generation to the next.

Fragmented approaches that address the needs of children and their parents separately leave either the child or parent behind. Two-generation approaches – in programs, policy, and research – put the entire family on a path to permanent economic security. Learn more about this approach here.



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*Definition provided by The Aspen Institute