2-Generational 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. A 2-Generational Approach simultaneously meets the needs of both the children and the adults in their lives. This approach, out of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, focuses on 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 have 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.

CORE focuses on long-term solutions for children birth to age 8 and the adults in their lives. Since its launch in 2018, more than 100 public, private, and nonprofit partners have come together to work in truly united ways to not only meet one need, but to place children and their caregivers at the center of a collaborative service model and provide the diverse supports unique to each family’s needs.

Read more from Aspen’s 2-Generation Playbook.