This brief examines how seven sites across the country are evolving, at an operational level, to better support two-generation approaches. It covers a range of elements — such as structure, service alignment and implementation efforts — that organizations and partnerships have considered when engaging in efforts that enable the whole family to succeed.
This publication is part of a series that explores the common challenges organizations face when addressing the needs of children and parents at the same time.
Required: Custom made infrastructures — not cookie-cutter solutions
Findings & Stats
Start With Structure
Organizations looking to pursue a two-generation approach should begin by exploring how they will structure the initiative. Key questions to ask on this front are: Which external partners to engage, how to integrate child and adult services, and how to collect and share data.
Ongoing communication — at all levels and across all partner organizations — is a critical component of successful service integration within a two-generation approach.
All Together Now
Regulary planned professional development sessions can help two-generation partners embrace a shared vision for parents, children and families.
Statements & Quotations
Partners must align their missions and develop a shared vision for what it means to truly help children and parents thrive together.
Sites report that having the ability to share data and track common measures is a critical part of making the culture shift to a two-generation approach.