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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 8 states: 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.

Project Overview

The Regional Whole Family Approach Community of Practice (COP) will support 6 community-based organizations, including tribal governments in achieving greater results for families and communities by deploying a multi-pronged system of learning and support for organizations that are ready to pursue a Whole Family Approach that is strength-based, trauma-informed, and engages the entire community.

What will be the benefits of participating in the Community of Practice?

Selected organizations will participate in a 2-year cohort with customized training and support for them and their partners as they build Whole Family Approaches. Working alongside families, agencies will create conditions that invite children to learn and help adults to apply their skills, unlocking the hidden human potential that exists in communities.

Community of Practice Members will:

  • Participate in a peer-centered system of learning and support
  • Attend 3 Whole Family Approach Convenings (travel support provided)
  • Engage in monthly virtual peer sharing and learning meetings
  • Receive training, technical assistance, and expert coaching from national leaders in whole family approach, organizational development, racial equity, trauma informed approaches, and social innovation
  • Receive support to create a detailed Whole Family Approach plan that includes a theory of change and logic model to guide implementation and continuous improvement 

Application submission is now closed. Thank you to those who applied and attended our info sessions!

About the Partnership

The Community Action Partnership (the Partnership) is a national nonprofit [501(c)(3)] membership association, that serves as a national hub that links the nation’s 1,000+ Community Action Agencies to each other – and to leaders looking for solutions that connect Americans to greater opportunity.

The Partnership specializes in linking organizations to best practices and emerging solutions. Recent efforts have included national technical assistance initiatives including the Learning Communities Resource Center and the Centers of Excellence. The Partnership has a wealth of knowledge in the design, administration, implementation, and evaluation of innovative strategies needed to support economic mobility initiatives to help families and communities. Its vision is for a nation that creates opportunities for all people to thrive, builds strong, resilient communities, and ensures a more equitable society. For more information visit:

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Project Team

Vice President, Practice Transformation
Aimee Roberge
Program Associate, Learning Communities Resource Center