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Two-generation approaches to addressing the challenges facing these families are grounded in the premise that a holistic approach that meets both the child development and parental economic security needs of a family can effectively mitigate challenges and support positive outcomes for all its members. Research indicates that by investing in low-income children and parents, educational, financial, and social outcomes for both are improved. This approach has been implemented using existing programs and by creating new and innovative projects.

ICF has synthesized research and resources below from the field on two-generation approaches, organized into five categories: Intergenerational Poverty Data, Two-Generation Program Need, Program Implementation/Promising Practices, Two-Generation Program Types, and State Policy Information.