The National Head Start Association's Two Generations Together Initiative is focused on increasing awareness of two-generation adult education and job training models that are part of the comprehensive child and family services delivered by Head Start programs across the country. Head Start has a fifty year history of achieving long-term outcomes for children both by supporting their health and learning and by enabling their families to achieve their own goals for education, employment, stability, and success. As we approach our next fifty years, Two Generations Together will highlight the most successful two-generation efforts that have developed in Head Start programs across the country and disseminate strategies and resources to help other Head Start and early learning programs develop or enhance two-generation work of their own. This work is made possible by the generous support of Ascend at the Aspen Institute.
In January 2015, NHSA released a report highlighting the exceptional efforts of six Head Start programs to design two-generation programs with local partners and resources to best support families in achieving stability and self-sufficiency. The report also examines common mechanisms for funding, partnerships, and research. Our featured programs are:
Join us! NHSA hosts a Learning Network for NHSA members interested in sharing or developing the two-generation components of their Head Start model. Contact Victoria Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org to be part of the national conversation about funding, partnerships, research, and resources for two-gen. The Two Generations Together Webinar Series in the spring of 2015 will also offer opportunities for anyone interested in building two-generation supports for parents from an early childhood platform to learn and connect with our efforts.