New Report Provides Recommendations for Creating Opportunities for Families

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Evidence has shown that a child’s success is strongly tied to his or her family’s stability and well-being, but currently, almost half of the nation’s families with young children are struggling to make ends meet.

A new KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation makes the case for creating opportunity for families by addressing the needs of parents and their children simultaneously. This policy report,  Creating Opportunity for Family: A Two-Generation Approach focuses on a two-generational approach to reducing poverty that aims to connect families with early childhood education, job training and other tools to achieve financial stability and break the cycle of poverty.

Many cities already recognize the value of a two-generational approach and have taken steps to implement it. For example, New York City's Educational Alliance’s College Access and Success Program and the United Way of the Bay Area’s community schools in San Francisco work to simultaneously link high-quality early education for children with training and support for their parents, giving families the opportunity and tools to succeed together.

This report also includes data on the challenges young, low-income families face in each state and over 50 cities across the U.S., and recommends ways to help equip families with what they need to thrive.