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New Regional Whole Family Approach Community of Practice

The National Community Action Partnership is starting a new Regional Whole Family Approach Community of Practice with community-based human service organizations and tribal governments in the following states: Alaska, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, 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.

What is The Learning Community?

The Learning Community is the hub for the CSBG Network to share innovative approaches and access proven strategies to move families and communities forward. Comprised of topical Learning Community Groups (LCGs), members of The Learning Community consist of a cadre of agencies that are currently working on a program or service delivery strategy related to specific anti-poverty focus areas.

Learning Community members meet either virtually or in-person and assist each other by:

  • Discussing what works;
  • Sharing data findings;
  • Solving problems; and
  • Offering support for implementing new ideas, unmet needs, new organizational goals, or proving that a strategy works


What Are The Focus Areas of The Learning Community?

All participants in The Learning Community are members of one or more Learning Community Groups (LCGs).  LCG members receive specialized T/TA and guidance from peer experts and subject matter experts to help facilitate their learning process. The LCG environment is structured to be open and conducive to experimentation, so that participants are provided the flexibility needed to decide which methods work best for the needs of their individual agency. Learning Community Groups are organized into two levels of engagement:  intensive LCGs, and communities of practice (COP). Additionally the Learning Community Resource Center engages the entire network in this learning process, through our weekly national webinar series: Webinar Wednesdays. The Learning Community Resource Center works to highlight and lift-up LCG successes and lessons learned, and shares those best practices with the entire CSBG Network.

Featured Resources

Anti-Poverty Practice Series: Rural IMPACT Case Study

Highlighting best practices from Allegany Human Resource Development Commission and Family Futures Downeast.

Anti-Poverty Practice Series: Financial Empowerment for Families Case Study

Highlighting best practices from Baltimore City CAP, Capstone Community Action, and CAP of Orange County.

Anti-Poverty Practice series: Bundling Services to Improve Outcomes Case Study

Highlighting best practices from Community Action, Inc., Enrichment Services Program, and Douglas County CARES.

Anti-Poverty Practice Series: Trauma-Informed Approaches to Alleviate Poverty Case Study

Highlighting best practices from Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.