SEED Development Group has joined innovative educators and disadvantaged-community development pioneers that are promoting a holistic concept known as the Two-Generations Approach.
SDG’s Two-Generation Approach follows the continuum model introduced by the Aspen Institute.
The adjacent graphic illustrates the starting point (parent-caregiver or child) and Whole-family approaches focus equally and intentionally on services and opportunities for the child and the adults in their lives. They articulate and track outcomes for both children and adults simultaneously.
Child focused approaches focus first or primarily on the child but move toward a two-generation approach and include services and opportunities for the parent-caregivers.
Parent-Caregiver focused approaches focus first or primarily on the parent-caregiver but move toward a two-generation approach and include services and opportunities for children.
The early pacesetters, such as the Aspen Institute, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Center for Law & Social Policy, and the National Human Services Assembly have studied and written about problems facing the disadvantaged, both individually and collectively.
They soon recognized the following:
The needs of both the children and the caretaker adults in these children’s lives needed to be addressed, simultaneously.
As a result, corresponding research data and corresponding policies became an essential component of the emerging two-generation approach to development.
Incorporating information from the above and independent sources, SEED Development Group has developed and will implement an SDG Two-Generations Program that uses Operation SEED parameters for the adults and a newly developed, needs-oriented program for children. Education on many fronts is a keynote of SDG’s Two-Generations (Two-Gen) Project.
In addition to the continuum, there are 5 Key Components of the Two-Generation Approach:
Postsecondary and Employment Pathways and Early Childhood Development:
Health and Well-Being: