2Gen Resources
Many non-profits and social service providers interact with children and parents, but few have the tools, narrative, or data to demonstrate that their program transforms long-term outcomes for an entire family. Our introductory 2Gen Workshop and subsequent 2Gen Learning Cohort is designed to help organizations consider how they can leverage a "whole-family" mindset to deliver more effective programs, measure more holistic results, and align with partners to meet the needs of children and parents together.

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Our Core 2Gen Model
2Gen Resources
2Gen COVID-19 Webinar Series
A focused series of webinars from Aspen and partners who are working to mobilize networks and resources to meet the extraordinary demands families are facing, and will face, in light of the current pandemic.

Select webinars:
  • Parent Voice During Covid-19: Maintaining Feedback Loops
    "Parents and families are experts in their own lives and they are best positioned to give insight on their needs and challenges, as well as provide feedback to policymakers and service providers. Their voice is even more critical now as we are responding to the ever changing environment caused by the current pandemic."
  • New Frames for a New Time
    "The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally shifted how we think and communicate about practices and policies for families with low incomes. How are we maximizing this moment of opportunity for flexibility and understanding of the impact of disparities on families, while managing the profound effects of the crisis right now?"

How Money Culture Hurts the American Family
"Whatever the ideological and economic realities of the moment, children and the old need to be cared for—they don't go away simply because the realities of work have changed."

Aspen Ascend 2Gen Toolbox
The most extensive library of 2Gen models, frameworks, case studies and research.

Making Tomorrow Better Together
Aspen Ascend (March 2016)

This report from the Two-Generation Outcomes Working Group is designed to set a foundation for how practitioners and policymakers consider the intended outcomes of two-generation programs and the pathways to achieve those outcomes.

Framing Two-Generation Approaches to Supporting Families
FrameWorks Institute / Aspen Ascend (2019)

To pinpoint the communications challenges that come with 2Gen territory, analysts at the FrameWorks Institute compared what we say to how Americans think, identifying places where there's likely to be a disconnect. The result is a recommendation for a major frame shift – from a narrow focus on service delivery to a broader narrative about human development – and specific ways to execute that shift. Ascend and the FrameWorks Institute are pleased to share a playbook and messaging guide to support practitioners, systems leaders, policymakers, advocates, and families in talking about a two-generation approach. It offers guidance on how to make intentional choices about where to start, what to emphasize, and what to leave unsaid.

Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach
Annie E. Casey Foundation (November 14, 2014)

Nearly half of the nation's families with young children struggle to make ends meet. A new KIDS COUNT policy report makes the case for creating opportunity for families by addressing the needs of parents and their children simultaneously with a two-generation approach. Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach describes a new approach to reducing families in poverty, which calls for connecting low-income families with early childhood education, job training and other tools to achieve financial stability and break the cycle of poverty — and recommends ways to help equip parents and children with what they need to thrive.

How Toxic Stress Affects Us, and What We Can Do About It (3:51)
November 8, 2019
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Using Brain Science to Build a New 2Gen Intervention (17:37)
December 15, 2015
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes:
A Theory of Change

This 5-minute video depicts a theory of change from the Frontiers of Innovation community for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable children and families. It describes the need to focus on building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children's lifelong learning, health, and behavior.
Leading on Opportunity Task Force Report
Through Leading On Opportunity's community-inspired strategies: we engage diverse voices uplifting community; we amplify stories and data shifting the narrative and celebrating community success; we influence policies and practices building public will and shared accountability ultimately resulting in transformative change.

Roca High Risk Young Mothers
Serving over 211 young mothers and 252 of their babies from Chelsea, East Boston, Revere, Everett, Springfield, Malden, Somerville and Cambridge, disrupting the cycle of violence and poverty.
Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana
Today, we are one of the largest of the more than 160 Goodwills in North America, providing services to many thousands of individuals and families each year. Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana serves 39 Hoosier counties. Our Goodwill is a certified agency of United Way of Central Indiana.
City of Refuge
City of Refuge is a faith-based environment that helps individuals and families transition out of crisis.

Charlotte Bilingual Preschool
Charlotte Bilingual Preschool prepares Spanish-speaking children for success in school and life by providing superior dual-language early childhood education. The preschool supports students' families with parenting, life skills and English-language classes, enabling them to sustain and nurture their children's educational and emotional development.

Nurse Family Partnership
Nurse-Family Partnership empowers first-time moms to transform their lives and create better futures for themselves and their babies. Over more than four decades, research consistently has proven that Nurse-Family Partnership succeeds at its most important goals: keeping children healthy and safe, and improving the lives of moms and babies.