Provides highlights from a roundtable of experts convened to discuss two-generational strategies designed to improve outcomes for immigrant families and children, given the changing demographics and the need to address children’s development and parents’ economic success since both may be at risk because of the interaction of poverty and other barriers.

“This brief highlights themes and action steps drawn from a roundtable on Two-Generational Strategies to Improve Immigrant Family and Child Outcomes, hosted by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, on April 23-24, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The roundtable and this brief come at a…time…when immigrants and their children are such a significant part of changing American demographics that they are…[linked]…to the nation’s future success: one-quarter of the nation’s young children are children of immigrants. At the same time, important and time-sensitive opportunities exist to influence practice and policy to better serve immigrant families. As Bob Giloth, Vice President of the Center for Community and Economic Opportunity at the Annie E. Casey Foundation said during his welcoming statement, ‘The time for this roundtable couldn’t be better. It’s really an opportunity moment.’

The roundtable brought together senior-level policymakers, practitioners, researchers, advocates, and foundation leaders from worlds that too often don’t have the opportunity to connect: the world of policy and service delivery for low-income families (including experts in early childhood programs, in workforce development and postsecondary education, and in two-generational programs that serve both parents and children together) and the world of immigrant-serving organizations and immigration policy” (p.1).

“With major policy changes underway as a result of recent Congressional action in the nation’s child care and workforce programs—both requiring new state plans in the spring of 2016, as well as federal executive action to promote immigrant integration—participants saw a host of specific steps they could organize around for state and local action. They also saw opportunities for immigrant stakeholders and early childhood stakeholders to work together for early childhood resources in federal and state budgets as well as the potential for two-generational coalitions that could also argue for workforce resources” (p.2).

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Full publication title: Two Generational Strategies to Improve Immigrant Family and Child Outcomes: Summary and Next Steps from the April 2015 Roundtable