Five States Selected for New Initiative to Help Parents and Kids Succeed Together

Posted October 14, 2016
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog fivestateinitiative 2016

The Nation­al Gov­er­nors Asso­ci­a­tion (NGA) and the Cen­ter for Law and Social Pol­i­cy (CLASP) select­ed five states — Col­orado, Geor­gia, Min­neso­ta, New Jer­sey and Ore­gon — to par­tic­i­pate in their Par­ents and Chil­dren Thriv­ing Togeth­er initiative.

This new effort, which Casey is sup­port­ing along with the W.K. Kel­logg and Doris Duke Char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tions, aims to pro­mote two-gen­er­a­tion poli­cies and pro­grams in states — and con­nect low-income fam­i­lies with ear­ly child­hood edu­ca­tion, job train­ing and oth­er tools to achieve finan­cial sta­bil­i­ty and break the cycle of poverty.

Casey’s invest­ments are dri­ven by our basic belief that kids do bet­ter when their par­ents do bet­ter,” said Rosa Maria Cas­tañe­da, a senior asso­ciate who man­ages two-gen­er­a­tion invest­ments for the Foun­da­tion. These states have proven they are ready to do what it takes and put that idea into prac­tice at a much larg­er scale.”

As part of Par­ents and Chil­dren Thriv­ing Togeth­er, the states will work with experts to explore strengths and weak­ness­es in their sys­tems and iden­ti­fy ways to align a range of child- and adult-focused pro­grams — includ­ing work­force devel­op­ment, human ser­vices, edu­ca­tion, health and child care. They will receive two years of inten­sive tech­ni­cal assis­tance, peer-net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties and finan­cial sup­port as they work to address the needs of par­ents and chil­dren togeth­er.

This group rep­re­sents great polit­i­cal and geo­graph­ic diver­si­ty,” Cas­tañe­da says. They each shared a bold plan for work­ing with their gov­er­nors, and across agency lines, to devel­op the types of pol­i­cy reforms we know can lead to brighter futures for mil­lions of fam­i­lies. We are excit­ed to see the unique approach they take.”

Learn more about the Foundation’s work in these five states and access addi­tion­al resources below.

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