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Why States Are Key to the American Dream

by Michael Polzella

Several states are embracing a two-generation (2Gen) approach to strengthen the health and economic wellbeing of children and families. 2Gen addresses the needs of children and adults in their lives, recognizing that education, economic assets, health and social capital are key to family prosperity.

Working with Ascend at the Aspen Institute, states are putting children and families in focus. Innovation is gaining traction across the country in Utah, Colorado, Maryland, Tennessee, Washington, Connecticut, Nebraska and Hawaii. Aspen Institute’s report, Children and Families at the Center: Policy Ideas for Communities, States, and the Administration, offers a blueprint for all policymakers.

Anne Mosle, Vice President, Aspen Institute; Executive Director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute

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