Advancing breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security was the topic at the prestigious Aspen Institute’s 2Gen Policymakers Institute in July, The Institute brought together local, state and federal policymakers, program leaders, researchers and philanthropic representatives, all who share a vision of a cycle of opportunity for America’s children and their parents through a two-generation approach. The institute explored the link between policy, research and practice to support the work of two-generational approaches.
Human Services Assistant Director Oscar Chavez was invited attend and present at the 2Gen Institute. He shared the work of Upstream Investments, and details about the Portrait of Sonoma County and the County’s READY initiative that focuses on increasing the quality of early childhood education and effective parent engagement strategies.
Chavez says, “Hearing about the successful implementation of 2Gen strategies from all over the country was inspiring. There were many takeaways for our work in Sonoma County.” He hopes to bring some of the conference speakers to Sonoma County for a regional conference next year.