Helping Parents Give Children a Healthy Start

Carolyn J. Heinrich, Vanderbilt University

Children are powerfully influenced by conditions at home, so many experts call for "two-generation" programs to serve disadvantaged children and their parents together. In a new issue of The Future of Children, Carolyn Heinrich and Jonathan Wallace argue that such programs can be highly effective as well as cost-efficient.

In their new Key Findings brief, Heinrich and Wallace offer an overview of two-generation programs focused on parental employment. A full array of research on two-generation processes and programs to affect them can be found in the spring 2014 special issue of The Future of Children on “Helping Parents, Helping Children.”

Carolyn Heinrich is an economist whose research focuses on the effectiveness of programs to improve health care, schooling, and worker training. Her collaborator in this project, Jon Wallace, is the Managing Editor of The Future of Children, a partnership of the Brookings Institution and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton University.

May 2014