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.
Vice Provost of Research
Professor of applied psychology
New York University
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.