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2-Gen Approach

Simultaneously meeting the needs of both the child and the adults caring for that child has the greatest potential to advance family success.

All children have an adult who helps take care of them—a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or guardian. The 2-Generational Approach simultaneously meets the needs of both the children and the adults in their lives.

The 2-Generational Approach provides opportunities and support for children and their families together. This approach, out of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, focuses on outcomes around five focus areas: early childhood education; postsecondary and employment pathways; economic assets like stable housing and savings; health and well-being; and social connections like friends, family, and other support groups for both the child and the adult.


We believe collaborative solutions focused on the five areas of the 2-Generational Approach has the greatest potential to not only meet the needs of families today, but will support the success of the whole family for generations to come.

Hear United Way’s President and CEO, Allison Warren-Barbour, share more on the 2-Generational Approach, read more from Aspen’s 2-Generation Playbook, and learn via Ascend's slide deck from United Way's Spirit Summit in June 2017.