Two-generation approaches focus on creating opportunities for and addressing needs of both vulnerable children and their parents together.

Two-generation approaches can be found along a continuum. This graphic illustrates the starting point (parent or child) and the relative emphasis.  Whole-family approaches focus equally and intentionally on services and opportunities for the parent and the child.  Child-parent approaches focus first or primarily on the child but are moving toward a two-generation approach and also include services and opportunities for the parent.  Parent-child approaches focus first or primarily on the parent but are moving toward a two-generation approach and also include services and opportunities for children.

There are five key components of 2Gen approaches: early childhood development; postsecondary and workforce pathways; health and well-being; economic supports and assets; and social capital.

Learn more about 2Gen approaches across programs, policies, and systems at http://ascend.aspeninstitute.org/pages/the-two-generation-approach.