10/13/2011 - Center Co-hosts Two-Generation Roundtable in Washington

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On Oct. 13-14, the Ray Marshall Center will co-host the “Two-Generation Education” roundtable discussion in Washington D.C. with Ascend, the Aspen Institute’s Family Economic Security Program, and the Foundation for Child Development. The goal of the meeting is to explore the emerging research and implementation of two-generation strategies to help low-income families achieve economic security and educational success for their children. Invited roundtable participants include representatives from foundations, social policy research centers, policymakers, service providers and practitioners, and members of the academic community.  Roundtable participants will discuss the importance and relevance of two-generation strategies in relation to postsecondary education, skills training, and early childhood development. Based on joint work with Center colleagues Dr. Bob Glover and Tara Smith, Center director Dr. Chris King will give a presentation on dual-generation policies, including a conceptual framework, an analysis of the major opportunities and challenges for these strategies, and thoughts on next steps for moving forward with a dual-generation agenda. 

The Ray Marshall Center has been at the forefront of the design and implementation of two generation strategies. Center researchers have partnered with colleagues at Harvard, Northwestern, and Columbia Universities and
the Community Action Program of Tulsa County to implement a sectoral workforce initiative providing education and training in the healthcare field to parents of children in Head Start and Early Head Start. This dual generation sectoral workforce development program, CareerAdvance, has received national acclaim. The Ray Marshall Center is working with its partners to expand the initiative to other states and areas.  In April 2011, the Foundation for Child Development provided a grant of $218,000 to the Ray Marshall Center in support of the new, multi-year “Dual-Generation Strategy Initiativethat will further the Center’s work in this emerging area.  This work will be enhanced by two additional awards from the US Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families under its Health Professions Opportunities Grant program.

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