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A two-generation human capital approach to anti-poverty policy

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Two-generation human capital approach to anti-poverty policy
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 15:53
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Eckrich Sommer, Teresa
Sabol, Terri J.
Chor, Elise
Schneider, William
Chase-Lansdale, P. Lindsay
Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne
Small, Mario L.
King, Christopher
Yoshikawa, Hirokazu
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February 2018
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February 2018
Journal of Social Sciences
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We propose a two-generation anti-poverty strategy to improve the economic fortunes of children in the United States. Our policy bridges two traditionally siloed interventions to boost their impacts: Head Start for children and career pathway training offered through community colleges for adults. We expect that an integrated two-generation human capital intervention will produce greater gains than either Head Start or community college alone for developmental and motivational, logistical and financial, social capital, and efficiency reasons. We suggest a competitive grant program to test and evaluate different models using federal dollars. We 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. (Author abstract)


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