Family-Centered Community Change: A Two-Generation Approach

The Annie E. Casey Foundation launched Family-Centered Community Change™ (FCCC) in 2012 to support three local partnerships seeking to help parents and children in high-poverty neighborhoods succeed together. These partnerships, located in Buffalo, New York; Columbus, Ohio; and San Antonio, Texas, were each developing a more integrated set of services, including housing assistance, high-quality education, and job training.

The theory behind the demonstration is that “two-generation approaches,” or high-quality programs and services that coordinate children’s and parents’ programs and service needs, can help break intergenerational poverty and move low-income families toward greater economic independence.

Since 2013, the Urban Institute has been evaluating each initiative’s design, implementation, and outcomes for families. This series of planned reports is based on what we have learned from six years of observations from our research.


Developing Place-Based Two-Generation Partnerships
This report discusses takeaways for strong partnerships in two-generation community change initiatives.

Incorporating Two-Generation Approaches in Community Change
Any community seeking to create a new two-generation community change initiative needs to prepare for large, contextual challenges and shifts.

Fostering Racial and Ethnic Equity and Inclusion (REEI): Lessons from Three Comprehensive Community Initiatives in Buffalo, Columbus, and San Antonio
This brief begins with Casey’s focus on equity and inclusion and then explores the FCCC communities’ reflections on the REEI trainings they received.

Blog Posts:

Four Lessons on Building 2Gen Partnerships in Schools
How San Antonio Is Boosting Its Supply of Quality Early Child Care and Education
Tackling Systemic Barriers in Northeast Buffalo to Help Break Cycles of Poverty