Developing Two-Generation Approaches in Communities

Final Report From the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Family-Centered Community Change

By Urban Institute

July 14, 2021

Summary

The Annie E. Casey Foundation launched its Family-Centered Community Change® (FCCC) initiative with a goal of integrating two-generation strategies into existing place-based community initiatives. The innovative effort, which ran from 2012 to 2019, focused on supporting local partners in three neighborhoods with low economic resources: Buffalo, New York; Columbus, Ohio; and San Antonio, Texas.

Over the course of the initiative, the sites worked to promote the healthy development and academic success of children while simultaneously delivering adult services focused on parenting and financial stability. In year three, the community partners also received training and technical assistance — provided by the Casey Foundation — aimed at enhancing racial and ethnic equity and inclusion.

The Urban Institute conducted a formative evaluation of this effort, which included: 1) qualitative data collection from interviews and focus groups with partner staff and participants; 2) descriptive analysis of program data; and 3) a cost study.

Table of Contents

FCCC makes real progress — and offers important lessons — for the future of two-generation strategies

Evaluation Highlights

All three sites benefited from their involvement in FCCC, according to the Urban Institute’s evaluation. By the end of 2019, community grantees had enhanced their partnerships, developed new coaching and family supports and built out existing single-generation services for participating families. Grantees also reported developing new cultures of data sharing and new models of delivering services while improving both the quality of and access to early care and education.

The evaluation also identified areas of opportunity — including more thoroughly integrating key principles of racial and ethnic equity and more authentically engaging the communities involved.

Findings and Stats From the Evaluation

New Enrollments in FCCC by Year

Strong Interest From Families

Over the course of the grant period, each FCCC community progressively increased the number of new participants — both adults and children — until they peaked in 2016 or 2017.

Statements From the Report