Today, nearly 45 percent of all children live in low-income families, and almost 3/4ths of them are in single-mother households. Earlier this month, Ascend at the Aspen Institute released their new report, “Top Ten for 2Gen,” as a culmination of a 3 year discussion with professional and families about how two-generation strategies can best support families, and how those strategies can be supported by new and updated policies.
Two-generation programs meet the needs of and create opportunities for children and their parents together, focusing on the core areas families need to get ahead and stay ahead. And most importantly, these strategies have strong, popular support: 84% of the public supports Head Start Partnerships, 86% support mental health screening for parents and children, and 73% support child-care subsidies for parents in college or workforce training programs.
What makes two-generation strategies so popular? They make sense. Encouraging parents to pursue higher education or employment training when they do not have access to affordable, high-quality childcare doesn’t make sense. Improving the physical and mental health of children without addressing the health and well-being of their parents and their home life can be futile. So combining the efforts to increase opportunity for families ensures that families have the opportunity to improve their stability while simultaneously increasing the chances for positive outcomes for their children.
So what are the 10 policy ideas? Download the report and find out.