Exploration of Integrated Approaches to Supporting Child Development and Improving Family Economic Security

Exploration of Integrated Approaches to Supporting Child Development and Improving Family Economic Security

Published: Nov 30, 2017
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Integrated Approaches to Supporting Child Development and Improving Family Economic Security

Time frame: 2015-2018

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families

Authors

Teresa Eckrich Sommer

Lily Roberts

P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale

Families on limited incomes can struggle to navigate low-wage jobs or education and training programs while also searching for quality early care and education for their children. Some programs provide integrated services to parents and their children in an effort to solve this problem. This practice is sometimes called a two-generation or whole-family approach. This report provides: (1) key findings from a literature review, an environmental scan, and field work to identify and describe existing program models; (2) development of a conceptual framework to inform program design and research; and (3) an assessment of future directions for research and evaluation, which is especially important because the most recent wave of integrated programs for parents and children is still developing, and research can help.

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