A Two-Generation Approach to End Poverty in Utah

26 January 2015 Published in What's New?

Children who grow up in poverty are more likely to be poor as adults, while those who grow up in more affluent families are more likely to be affluent later in life. There is considerable evidence that children and parents do better when they both have every opportunity to succeed. Voices for Utah Children is working with policymakers to reduce poverty and bring the perspective of a two-generation strategy approach to the forefront of the discussion. 

2 gen 1Learn about exciting Utah initiatives to address poverty with a two-generation approach, such as the Intergenerational Poverty Mitigation Act and the NEXT GENERATION KIDS pilot project.
2 gen 2A two-generation, multi-intervention strategy for single, first-time pregnant women in poverty is being developed by Salt Lake County. The three proposed interventions are:
• Nurse Family Partnership
• Education and training for the mother, and
• Two years of high quality preschool for the child beginning at 3 years of age.
2 gen 3Policies that help parents keep kids in school, such as family leave polices and effective transportation systems; coupled with programs that help the child, such as attention to bullying; and improved policies at the school level, such as collecting the right data and working with families to identify barriers to school attendance will ensure that every child succeeds.
2 gen 4While the vast majority of low-income families with children have at least one full-time worker, most do not qualify, or cannot afford, employer or individual market health insurance plans. Public health coverage programs can equally be out of reach. In most states, Medicaid and CHIP provide coverage to children and pregnant women, but largely exclude parents. However, an extensive body of research shows that when these programs provide coverage to both children and their parents, the entire family benefits. 
2 gen 5Three strategies for a coordinated, two-generation approach to ending poverty outlined by Annie E. Casey Foundation align well with the Utah Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission’s 2014 recommendations.
2 gen 6Utah state policy experts convened to discuss implementing a two-generation approach to reducing poverty in Utah.
The credit was created under Presidend Ford in 1975 and subsequently expanded by President Reagan and every president since. Proven to reduce poverty by promoting work and independence, EITCs have now also been created in 26 states.