Bound to Succeed: Two-Generation Approaches to Education in Colorado

Our research report discusses an important emerging strategy that helps low- to middle-income families move out of poverty, known as a two-generation approach. Our research focuses on a specific aspect of the two-generation model — one that intentionally links adult education, job training, workforce development, and postsecondary education for low-income parents with early childhood education for their young children.

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Research shows children’s outcomes are closely tied to parents’ educational level and income, yet low-income parents are often unable to access education programs because the programs don’t provide needed support for them as parents. In our report, we look at and highlight some existing links in Colorado, identify barriers to links, and recommend policies, practices, and actions to improve links.

Related: Close the Growing Economic Divide by Teaching Two Generations at Once

The Bell is a member of the Aspen Institute Ascend Network, a group of leading-edge experts and organizations working to influence two-generation policy and practice changes that increase economic security, educational success, social capital, and health and well-being for children, parents, and their families. 

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