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A two-generation human capital approach to anti-poverty policy

Resource Type: Other
Author(s): Sommer, Teresa Eckrich; Sabol, Terri J.; Chor, Elise; Schneider, William; Chase-Lansdale, P. Lindsay; Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne; Small, Mario Luis; King, Christopher T.; Yoshikawa, Hirokazu
Date Issued: February, 2018
Description: We propose a two-generation anti-poverty strategy to improve the economic fortunes of children in the United States. Our policy bridges two traditionally siloed interventions to boost their impacts: Head Start for children and career pathway training offered through community colleges for adults. We expect that an integrated two-generation human capital intervention will produce greater gains than either Head Start or community college alone for developmental and motivational, logistical and financial, social capital, and efficiency reasons. We suggest a competitive grant program to test and evaluate different models using federal dollars. We estimate average benefit-cost ratios across a range of promising career fields of 1.3 within five years and 7.9 within ten years if 10 percent of Head Start parents participate in two-generation programs. (author abstract)
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Journal Title: RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences
Volume Number: 4
Issue Number: 3
Page Range: 118-143
Note: Authors also cite the National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates data.
Topics: Programs, Interventions & Curricula > Programs > Early Head Start/Head Start

Programs, Interventions & Curricula > Programs > Two-Generation Programs
ISSN: 2377-8253 Paper
2377-8261 Online
Peer Reviewed: yes
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Office of Head Start Program Information Report (PIR)
Head Start Impact Study (HSIS), 2002-2006 [United States]


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