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2-Gen Approach

All children have an adult who helps take care of them—a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or guardian. The 2-Generational Approach meets the needs of both the child and the adult in their lives, together. Simultaneously meeting the needs of both the child and the adults caring for that child, has the greatest potential to advance family success.



Our current system of programs and services are largely either parent-centered or child-centered. The 2-Generational Approach out of Ascend at the Aspen Institute provides opportunities for, and meets the needs of, children and their families together. This approach focuses on outcomes around early childhood education; postsecondary and employment pathways; health and well-being; economic assets like stable housing and savings; and community connections like friends, family, and other social groups for both the child and the adults in each family.

This approach not only surrounds children with holistic services, but also wraps services around the adults in their lives. Because you cannot meet the needs of a child without also addressing where they go home at night, on weekends, and in the summer. 

Learn more about the components of the 2-Generational Approach in Aspen’s 2-Generation Playbook, and via Ascend's slide deck from United Way's Spirit Summit in June 2017.



“To build strong families, we need to dismantle the systems that keep families trapped in poverty and understand what families really need in life,” 
– Marjorie Sims, Ascend at The Aspen Institute 

CORE Approach: Family Success
CORE is about addressing circumstances as unique as each family. It’s about moving a specific group of families with young children toward successful outcomes, and effectively changing the lives of their children and generations to come.