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Opportunity Announcement

The National Community Action Partnership is seeking applications for a new Regional Whole Family Approach Community of Practice. Community-based human service organizations and tribal governments in the following 8 states are invited to apply: Alaska, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin.

What is a Whole Family Approach?

Whole Family Approaches build family well-being by intentionally and simultaneously working with children and the adults in their lives together. As children, parents, and families grow and change across their lifespan, Whole Family Approaches align opportunities to help families pursue their goals and thrive, optimizing each person’s potential along the way. These approaches may also be called Two-Generation or 2-Gen approaches.

Why Pursue a Whole Family Approach?

Providing integrated, high-quality, intentional supports to parents and children at the same time through a Whole Family Approach has the potential to improve both parent and child social and economic well-being producing a legacy of family well-being that passes from one generation to the next.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation awarded a grant of $250,000 to the Community Action Partnership (Partnership) to design and implement the Community Action Economic Mobility Initiative. Through this funding, the Partnership is offering CAAs a multi-tiered system of support that builds their capacity to pursue a new approach to help families achieve mobility from poverty.

This multi-tiered system has been designed to coordinate with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Community Services, Community Services Block Grant Learning Communities Resource Center. Through the Community Action Economic Mobility Initiative, the Partnership is offering  training, technical assistance, and other support to CAAs with varying levels of readiness to pursue integrated services and a whole family approach (two-generation approach).

Whole Family Approach Institute

At the Inaugural 2018 Whole Family Approach Institute in Washington, D.C. on May 31- June 1—an event hosted by the National Community Action Partnership and made possible through the generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the US Department of Health and Human Services—thirty-nine Community Action Agencies from around the country took part in a two-day intensive program to learn more about making the switch to a Whole Family Approach.  During the Whole Family Approach Institute, the Rural IMPACT community served as mentors, peer-learners and co-innovators. They shared building blocks that were critical to achieving success using the Whole Family Approach.

Rural IMPACT’s groundbreaking work will be continued through the Partnership’s Community Action Economic Mobility Initiative.

Featured Resources

Featured Webinars

Laying the Groundwork for Service Integration and a Whole Family Approach

Building Inter-generational Success, Measuring Whole Family Outcomes

Breakthrough Ideas That Move Children & Their Parents Toward Economic Security

Introduction to Collective Impact

Collective Impact Roles & Establishing your Common Agenda

Evaluating Collective Impact

Planning for Service Integration Using a Multi-Disciplinary Team Approach


Two Gen Practice & Opportunity Youth

Building Wealth Across Generations

Whole Family Building Blocks: An Introduction

Whole Family Building Blocks: Aligning High Quality, Intentional, Intensive Services

Whole Family Building Blocks: Attending to Organizational Culture and Systems

Whole Family Building Blocks: Aligning High Quality, Intentional, Intensive Services

Building Pathways for Parents Innovation for Work & Education