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Thriving children, successful parents: A two-generation approach to policy
Schmit, Stephanie, 09 July, 2014
Washington, DC: Center for Law and Social Policy.

Two-generation programs and policies are not a new idea. One of the most commonly known two-generation programs, Head Start, was created nearly 50 years ago with the idea of supporting the developmental needs of children while also supporting their parents' ability to parent and to improve their livelihood. Recently, there has been considerable attention to encouraging, supporting, testing, and disseminating local two-generation programs that align services for parents and children. However, there has been much less attention to the focus of this paper: an examination of major federal and state policy areas to identify opportunities for large-scale change that better support families as a whole and provide a more conducive environment for local programs to do their work with families. This paper has two goals: (1) To give policy experts in individual program areas a sense of what it could mean to think two-generationally and why it matters and (2) to look at the opportunities for large scale policy changes that go beyond innovative local programs. (author abstract)

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