2015 Two-generation approaches to poverty: A conversation


Hear from nationally recognized, nonpartisan experts who bring the two-generation approach – linking early childhood education and the education and workforce training of parents – to life. Greg Duncan brings an economist’s perspective, while C. Cybele Raver addresses the issue as a psychologist, with a focus on the neurobiological development of children.

C.Cybele Raver | Family Impact Seminar Series

C.Cybele Raver
Vice Provost of Research
Professor of applied psychology
New York University

Greg Duncan | Family Impact Seminar Series

Greg Duncan
Distinquished Professor of education,
economics,psychology and social behavior
University of California, Irvine

What is the two-generation approach?

A two-generation approach to combat poverty considers policies and programs that simultaneously focus on (a) helping parents in low-income families increase their wage-earning capacity and parenting skills and (b) promoting their young child’s early development.

Goals of a two-generation approach to poverty

  • Increase parent employment and family income
  • Reduce parental stress and increase parenting skills
  • Improve the health and development of children
  • Increase family economic independence

Why is this important?

One in four children in Oregon live in poverty. More than half of children (54%) whose parents don’t have a high school degree live in poor families, and more than a quarter (27%) of children in these families do not have an employed parent.

This topic is especially important in our state, given legislative commitments to our early learning system and the 40-40-20 goal.

Studies show that simultaneous attention to parents and children has a stronger impact than serving them individually.