In this article, ICF expert Nora Gilligan discusses the two-generation human service approach and how there are few programs that include adolescents.
The two-generation strategy started with the launch of Head Start, which called upon families and communities to support children’s successful early learning and development. After a decline of this approach there has been a resurgence.
The revival of the strategy has brought new research showing the link between parental economic stability and a child’s social-emotional and physical development. For adolescents, there is a gap of information in the two-generation approach services. There is now a few program models that have begun to integrate adolescent needs into whole-family framework. Read more about the programs and framework.
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