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This report brings together several strands of emerging knowledge about today’s young parents and their children in rural
and suburban poor areas. It examines current data about young parent families and the context of rural and suburban
poverty, new information about child and young adult development, and new approaches for helping young parents.
Promising work in several different rural and suburban communities, discovered through a national scan, illustrates creative
approaches to serving these families that may inspire further innovation in other parts of the country. The report
concludes with themes from the innovative programs, linkages to two-generation strategies emerging nationally and suggestions
for policy, program and practice based on learning from the scan.