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The Two-Generation (2Gen) approach focuses on creating opportunities for and addressing the needs of both vulnerable children and their parents together. See how CDHS is partnering with Ascend/The Aspen Institute to apply 2Gen approaches in Colorado.

Head Start: Embracing a Two Generation Approach to Early Learning - Huffington Post

posted Nov 10, 2015, 12:25 PM by Nicole Grabowski - CDHS

When Head Start was launched in 1965, at its core was the idea that families and communities were integral to supporting children's successful early learning and development. Fifty years later, Head Start continues to lead in two generational approaches, always emphasizing that parents -- as their children's first teachers -- are a program's most important partners.

Head Start and Early Head Start programs in diverse communities across the country have pioneered new and innovative designs for whole-family approaches that are tailored to their community's distinct needs. Thanks to reliable federal funding that allows for local flexibility, Head Start programs have built partnerships with colleges, workforce agencies, banks, employers, foundations, hospitals, state agencies, and more, establishing a two-generation infrastructure for success in their communities.

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Blending, the Big Bang, and Bicha's Next Move

posted Nov 10, 2015, 11:35 AM by Nicole Grabowski - CDHS

There’s no doubt that the state of Colorado is leading the nation in two-generation action that will provide opportunities for and meet the needs of vulnerable children and their parents together.  Colorado Department of Human Services Executive Director and Ascend Fellow, Reggie Bicha, discusses his decision to turbo-charge the work by hiring a two-generation manager for the department.

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