RMC Senior Research Scientist Dr. Chris King was part of a group that authored a paper titled “A Two-Generation Human Capital Approach to Anti-poverty Policy” that has now been published in The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences. The paper was published online in the February 2018 special issue on innovative anti-poverty interventions and was co-authored by Teresa Eckrich Sommer (Northwerstern University), Terri J. Sabol (Northwestern University), Elise Chor (Temple University), William Schneider (Northwestern University), P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale (Northwestern University), Jeanne Brooks-Gunn (Columbia University), Mario L. Small (Harvard University), Hiro Yoshikawa (New York University), and Dr. King.
In the paper, they propose a two-generation strategy to improve the economic fortunes of children in the United States. With CAP Tulsa’s CareerAdvance® program as a prototype, they suggest a competitive grant program to test and evaluate different models using federal dollars. They estimate average benefit-cost ratios across a range of promising career fields of 1.3 within five years and 7.9 within ten years if 10 percent of Head Start parents participate in two-generation programs. You can read the paper here (issue 4(3), pp. 118-143).
The Ray Marshall Center has an ongoing partnership with CAP Tulsa and Northwestern University to create a sectoral, career pathway workforce strategy for the parents of young children in early childhood education in Tulsa that began in 2008. You can view the details of the partnership here.