Serving Immigrant Families Through Two-Generation Programs: Identifying Family Needs and Responsive Program Approaches

This study, which scanned a number of large two-generation programs across the United States working with immigrant families, concludes that the field must tailor its approaches to reach a population that faces specific barriers, including limited English proficiency and low levels of formal education. Using 2010–14 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the report compares key characteristics of immigrant and native-born parents of young children. The analysis illuminates key factors that make immigrant and refugee families an important target for two-generation programming, as well as potential challenges to effectively addressing their needs. Successful design and practice elements are then described, along with the obstacles that programs face in maintaining or expanding their services.

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