Simultaneously meeting the needs of both the child and the adult 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 meet the needs of parents and their children together. This whole family approach focuses on outcomes around five components—early childhood education, postsecondary and employment pathways, economic assets, health and well-being, and social capital for both the child and adult 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