A New Opportunity for States: Parents and Children Thriving Together Initiative

Posted July 6, 2016, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

This week, the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) kicked off a new initiative that aims to promote two-generation strategies among states.

The initiative, Parents and Children Thriving Together, will support up to six states in pursuing strategies and policies that allow them to address the needs of parents and kids at the same time, enabling both to succeed together. Specifically, the initiative will assist participating states in developing and implementing a two-generation state plan that builds on the interests of their respective governors, as well as growing research and emerging policy opportunities in workforce development, human services, education, health, child care and early childhood education. Through Parents and Children Thriving Together, cross-agency state teams could work to reshape child- and adult-focused programs and services by, for example, reforming policies, cross-training staff, using data in new ways and streamlining and aligning programs and practices.

States, commonwealths and territories can apply to participate in this new effort, which Casey is supporting along with the W.K. Kellogg and Doris Duke Charitable foundations. NGA and CLASP seek states open to innovation and learning, with a keen interest in improving policies and practices to better meet the needs of low-income families as a whole. Participating states will receive two years of intensive technical assistance, peer-networking opportunities and financial support.

“At Casey, we invest in a comprehensive strategy to build the field of two-generation practice, evaluate programs and support policy reform that addresses the needs of families as a whole,” said Rosa Maria Castañeda, a senior associate who manages two-generation investments for the Foundation. “We hope this initiative will assist states in launching or enhancing efforts to help parents and children succeed together, with the potential for achieving large-scale impact.”

Applications are due by 5 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 10. NGA will host an optional bidders’ webinar Monday, July 11, from 4 to 5 p.m. EDT. Details on accessing the webinar are available in the application guidelines.

Questions? Contact Sharon McGroder at smcgroder@nga.org or 202.624.5374. NGA and CLASP may provide states with pre-application consultation upon request.

Download the Request for Applications