Two-Generation Child and Family Outcomes Study of CAP Tulsa’s CareerAdvance® Program

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

Northwestern University’s two-generation research team led by Teresa Eckrich Sommer and P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale will conduct a new study of CAP Tulsa’s expanded two-generation education program CareerAdvance® as funded under the Health and Human Services’ (HSS) Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) II. The overall motivation for this new evaluation is two-fold: (1) to expand the generalizability of ongoing CareerAdvance® evaluation research by studying a broader population of parents and children as funded by HPOG II, and (2) to compare the benefits and costs of the impact of a healthcare workforce training program for parents of pre-kindergarten children as compared to those of parents of early elementary school-aged children. We expect that CAP Tulsa will serve approximately 200 parents with 3- to 5-year-old children in pre-K (and 200 control) and 300 parents with 6- to 8-year-old children in early elementary school (and 300 control), creating a sufficiently large sample size to make these comparisons.
Northwestern University’s ongoing two-generation human capital studies—the CAP Family Life Study and the CAP Family Advancement Study—are building a foundation for a new area of research examining the potential of two-generation programs to effectively serve as anti-poverty and human capital investment strategies. The new HPOG II study builds on this base of knowledge by examining the influence of the timing of parental human capital investments among parents of younger versus older children on program impacts.
The proposed study draws on the research team’s over five years of experience working in concert with CAP Tulsa to implement the CAP Family Life Study and the newer CAP Family Advancement Study, a randomized trial. The research team has become expert in (a) the strengths and barriers to educational and economic advancement among low-income parents and other adults who represent the target HPOG population in Tulsa, OK; (b) the implementation opportunities of the CareerAdvance® program in promoting career pathways in the healthcare field for low-income adults; and (c) an array of measures that effectively and efficiently capture the educational and economic experiences of low-income parents, children, and families.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date9/30/159/29/20

Funding

  • Community Action Project of Tulsa County, Inc. (Agmt 1/6/2020)
  • Administration for Children and Families (Agmt 1/6/2020)

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