WHAT IS A TWO-GENERATION APPROACH?

Two-generation approaches focus on creating opportunities for and addressing needs of both vulnerable children and their parents together. ASCEND at the ASPEN Institute is leading the way to help families and communities move toward educational success and economic security. The Office of Parents Attending College is informed by the two-generation approach and hopes to assist student-parents and their children reach their educational and career goals. 

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:

The TGA Model

Check out the Two-Generation Playbook for more information about the components of the two-generation approach or feel free to explore the links below for additional information provided by the ASCEND website.

 

There are five key components of the two-generation approach:
Five Key Components of TGA
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PAC is informed by the
Two-Generation Approach.
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The Office of Parents Attending College is funded through a grant 
from the Cabinet for Health & Family Services, 
Department of Community Based Services.