A Two-Generation Approach to Public Policy Focuses on the Needs of Parents and Children Together
A two-generation approach to public policies brings together worlds that are often separated (focusing only on children or only on parents) to modify or create new policies that focus on the needs of parents and children together. Two-generation policies reflect strong research findings that the well-being of parents is a crucial ingredient in children’s social-emotional, physical, and economic well-being. And at the same time, parents’ ability to succeed in school and the workplace is substantially affected by how well their children are doing. This is no easy task, but great opportunities exist--in child care and early education, in workforce development and community colleges, in the ACA, and in home visiting.