ACF supports and advances two-generation approaches through our technical assistance and public-private partnerships. The following resources describe a range of strategies for implementing a two-generation approach at program, system, and policy levels.
Here you will find webinars, information on interagency initiatives, and resources from the wide two-generation field. Many of the resources provide examples of states, tribes, localities, and programs that have implemented or are in the process of developing a two-generation approach.
Office of Regional Operations
Advancing Family Economic & Social Well-Being Webinar Series
The webinar series is an opportunity for state human services agencies, workforce agencies, and local organizations to learn about Two Generation approaches, field innovations and model practices, research and systems changes that are achieving positive outcomes for both parents and their children. The series will highlight:
- linkages between high quality early childhood development and workforce development services
- ensuring the families have access to economic and social supports to support upward mobility while also assuring healthy child development
- programmatic efforts to help parents gain the skills, knowledge, and resources to support their child’s development
- helping families build social capital that can support both resilience and upward mobility
- Webinar 1: 2Gen Early Innovator: The Colorado Experience (October 20, 2016) Visit disclaimer page
This webinar highlighted the work that has been accomplished in Colorado, a state that has seen early successes with innovative, strong 2Gen efforts. Anne Mosle, Vice President, Aspen Institute provided an overview of two-generation approaches underway across the country to set the context. Reggie Bicha, Executive Director of Colorado’s Department of Human Services, shared experiences, insights and lessons-learned for macro-level policy and programmatic change. - Read the Colorado Case Study (PDF) Visit disclaimer page
- Webinar 2: Building Blocks for Early Childhood: Integrating 2Gen through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Early Care and Education (December 8, 2016) Visit disclaimer page
This webinar will highlighted one state and one local jurisdiction that are leveraging TANF and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)/Head Start/Community Services Block Grant funding for parent and early childhood supports. Presenters will share how the state used new CCDF regulations to increase quality of child care for TANF recipients. The Community Action Agency will discuss how they managed wide-scale change initiative redesign service delivery system to better meet the needs of families and children, using Head Start and other ACF funds as levers for change.- View Supplemental Materials (PDF) Visit disclaimer page
- Webinar 3: Helping the Helpers: Tennessee’s 2gen Experience with Comprehensive Workforce Development and Pilot Site Implementation (Thursday January 12, 2017)
This webinar will highlight Tennessee’s 2Gen journey, including the Families First Program, a workforce development program, 2Gen pilot sites, and partnerships with a model developer, Nurse-Family Partnership. This webinar will also examine practical examples of how a state can embed two-generation approaches and culture change into their professional development systems.
- Webinar 4: Promoting Economic Self-Sufficiency through TANF and WIOA 2gen Partnerships (Thursday February 16, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time)
This webinar will highlight specific strategies that two states are using to leverage TANF and WIOA funding to support 2Gen efforts. States will discuss how WIOA state planning and 2gen efforts have resulted in improved policies, collaboration, and outcomes for TANF families.
- Webinar 5: Opening Doors for Homeless Families through TANF, Child Care, and SNAP (Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time)
DC’s Human Services Commissioner, who administers state TANF funds and homelessness services, will discuss how a city-state reformed that way it served homeless families to respond to the needs of parents and children together and co-locating staff across multiple agencies. States and counties will learn how DC’s Rapid Rehousing model improved housing, employment, and child development outcomes for TANF families. This session will also highlight the early work from the launch of the National Governor’s Association’s Parents and Children Thriving Together (PACTT) State Policy Network and efforts to advance two-generation policies and strategies in the five states selected.
- Webinar 6: Putting it All Together: County-led 2gen Pathways Toward Prosperity and Well-being (Thursday April 13, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time)
This webinar will highlight work led by county human service agencies to advance 2Gen strategies across a wide range of social and human services programs through a "Pathway Toward Prosperity and Well-being." Speakers will highlight innovations at integrating human services using an evidence-based system of practice, holistic family assessment, and economic development tools within a social determinants of health framework. The counties will also discuss their partnerships and collaborations with the state agencies.
Office of Head Start
- BFEM Webinar 1: Building Foundations for Economic Mobility: An Overview Visit disclaimer page
Review the concept of Building Foundations for Economic Mobility. The webinar provides an overview of this topic, introduces goals and objectives related to this work, and reviews key messages. Hear from national experts about the research. Head Start and Early Head Start programs share their successes and challenges in the field working with families.
BFEM Webinar 2: Building Foundations to Increase Family Financial Security Visit disclaimer page
This webinar focuses on strengthening Head Start and Early Head Start programs’ efforts around partnering with families to strengthen financial capability. National experts review the research and programs share their experiences working with families to address financial security.
BFEM Webinar 3: Building Foundations for Parent Employment, Education, and Career Visit disclaimer page
Learn how to strengthen programs' efforts to improve employment and education opportunities and career pathways for families. Listen as national experts and Head Start and Early Head Start programs share research, successes, and challenges in working with families to address employment and education.
BFEM Webinar 4: Building Foundations Virtual Resource Fair and Networking Visit disclaimer page
This Virtual Resource Fair is the culmination of the week-long Economic Mobility event. Participants networked, shared resources, and best practices about partnering with families to build foundations for economic mobility.
BFEM Webinar 5: Engaging Families in Sensitive Financial Conversations Visit disclaimer page
Learn effective and respectful ways to engage families in conversations about their financial strengths, challenges, and needs.
BFEM Webinar 6: Using Money Management Curricula to Enhance Family Financial Skills Visit disclaimer page
Watch this virtual tour of several free online money management curricula and materials. Learn how to improve family financial skills using these online tools.
BFEM Webinar 7: Building Family Financial Capability through Community Partnerships: Helping Families Build Wealth Visit disclaimer page
Find strategies for forming partnerships with banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions. These partnerships can help to improve families' money management skills, enhance their credit knowledge, and increase their savings.
BFEM Webinar 8: Building Relationships with Adult Education and Workforce Training Programs Visit disclaimer page
In this webinar, learn how Head Start grantees partner with adult education and workforce training programs.
Office of Family Assistance
ACF's Office of Family Assistance through the OFA Peer Technical Assistance (PeerTA) Network hosted a webinar on “Breaking the Poverty Cycle and Opening Doors to Opportunity for TANF Families: Developing a Two-Generation Approach,” on May 26, 2015 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EDT. This free webinar discussed the importance of policies and practices that equip parents and children with the income, tools, and skills needed to improve economic stability. It showcased experts from the field who currently run two-generational approach programs that serve Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) populations and highlighted promising practices for establishing and implementing approaches that break the cycles of intergenerational poverty. Speakers from the Office of Family Assistance, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Community Action Project-Tulsa, and Utah Department of Workforce Services described their experiences and lessons learned implementing and assessing two-generation programs.
The Office of Family Assistance held a Webinar on Integrating Two-Generation Strategies into TANF Programs on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT. The two-generation approach to serving low-income or disadvantaged families has seen renewed interest in recent years, with models focused on combining comprehensive, career-focused employment and training opportunities for parents with educational and enrichment opportunities for their children. However, state, territory, and tribal TANF program leadership and staff have suggested a need for more targeted TA and information around two-generation approaches and TANF integration and implementation strategies. In this facilitated webinar, presenters provided an overview of the policy components of an intentional two-generation approach and offered tools and resources that may be applicable to the audience’s TANF programs, wherever they lie on the two-generation continuum. Through a “Town Hall” format, presenters also provided planning, policy, and implementation strategies and lessons learned from their own experiences with two-generation integration.
National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
This webinar explored trauma-informed principles and look at their relevance for work in fatherhood program settings. It is likely that many participants in fatherhood programs have been exposed to trauma, perhaps as a result of violence in their families or communities; experiences before, during, or after incarceration; or as a result of military service. These experiences can impact key executive functioning skills such as how you think, feel, behave and relate to others.
Ascend at the Aspen Institute
This webinar from the Ascend Network at the Aspen Institute highlighted the context and demographics of tribal communities, provided information about 2Gen practice efforts underway in Alaska Native and Native American communities, and offered insights about ways to incorporate family voices and traditions into programs. It highlighted the work of Cook Inlet Tribal Council, which serves Anchorage, Alaska and a large swath of the Alaskan interior, including some remote villages.
Rural Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive (Rural IMPACT)
- Rural IMPACT is a cross-agency effort to help rural and tribal communities adopt a two-generation approach with the goal of increasing parents' employment and education and improving the health and well-being of their children and families.
- Planning and Implementation of the Rural IMPACT Demonstration Visit disclaimer page
- Additional Rural IMPACT Resources from the Annie E. Casey Foundation Visit disclaimer page
Key External Resources
- Creating Opportunities for Families: A Two-Generation Approach Visit disclaimer page , The Annie E. Casey Foundation, November 2014,
- Making Tomorrow Better Together: Report of the Two-Generation Outcomes Working Group Visit disclaimer page , Ascend at the Aspen Institute March 2016
- Promoting Two-Generation Strategies: A Getting-Started Guide for State and Local Policy Makers Visit disclaimer page , by Christopher T. King, Cynthia Juniper, Rheagan Coffey, and Tara C. Smith, Foundation for Child Development, August 2016
- TANF and the First Year of Life: Making a Difference at a Pivotal Moment Visit disclaimer page , by Elizabeth Lower-Basch and Stephanie Schmit, CLASP, October 2015
- Thriving Children, Successful Parents: A Two-Generation Approach to Policy Visit disclaimer page , by Stephanie Schmit, Hannah Matthews, and Olivia Golden, CLASP, July 2014
- Top Ten for 2Gen: Policy Ideas & Principles to Advance Two-Generation Efforts Visit disclaimer page , by Anne Mosle, Nisha Patel, and Jennifer Stedron, Ascend at the Aspen Institute, October 2014
- Two-Generation Playbook Visit disclaimer page , Ascend at the Aspen Institute, September 2016
- Two-Generational Strategies to Improve Immigrant Family and Child Outcomes (PDF) Visit disclaimer page , by Helly Lee, Christina Walker, and Olivia Golden, CLASP, December 2015