Marilyn Moore


Marilyn Moore



March 28, 2019

Senator Moore Leads Passage of Two-Generational Family Success Cabinet Bill

HARTFORD, CT – On Tuesday, the Human Services Committee passed Senate Bill 1080, “An Act Concerning a Two-Generational Initiative,” a bill that would establish a first in the nation executive cabinet focused on promoting economic success across generations. Senator Marilyn Moore (D-Bridgeport) is Senate chair of the committee.

The “two-generational approach,” or 2GEN, is an approach that seeks to disrupt cycles of intergenerational poverty while transforming how government works. 2GEN requires moving away from bureaucratic, siloed thinking and towards innovation – towards collaborating across agencies and sectors, sharing data, leveraging existing resources to drive down costs, and advancing economic self-sufficiency for the whole family. The approach recognizes the role that racial and socioeconomic inequity plays in exacerbating cycles of poverty and authentically engages parents and families as partners in the work.

Senate Bill 1080 would establish a first in the nation 2GEN cabinet in the executive branch and a mechanism to encourage legal data sharing within and between agencies. The 2GEN cabinet, named the Two-Generational Family Economic Success Cabinet, would create a space for agency Commissioners to move quickly and collaboratively to develop whole family approaches to economic self-sufficiency, achieve measurable outcomes for families, and promote systems change in government. The Cabinet would be comprised of the thirteen major state agencies that intersect with Connecticut families.

“This is a great step towards addressing the social and economic barriers that affect too many families and children in our communities,” said Senator Marilyn Moore. “We must look at parents and children as a unit, not in isolation from each other. Establishing this cabinet will encourage cooperation among various stakeholders in Hartford and ensure that parents and children are getting the resources they need to succeed, be self-sufficient, and lead healthy and productive lives.”

In 2015, Senator Moore sponsored legislation, “An Act Concerning a Two-Generational School Readiness and Workforce Development Pilot Program,” that, when enacted, made Connecticut the first state in the nation to have a comprehensive, statewide 2GEN initiative in law. Connecticut has since served as a national model for how the 2GEN approach can disrupt cycles of intergenerational poverty and promote innovation in government. In June 2017, Senator Moore, along with the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors, hosted representatives from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s office who visited to learn more about Connecticut’s 2GEN program. Governor Hogan signed an executive order in March 2017 establishing a 2GEN Commission and pilot program in Maryland.

2GEN seeks to weave together support services and offer them at one, centralized location. Often when parents need access to support services, they need to go through multiple channels to receive the help they need. For example, if a parent is searching for child care, transportation, or a job, they may interact with the Office of Early Childhood, the Department of Education, the Department of Labor, the Department of Social Services and the Department of Transportation, all at the same time. Through a 2GEN approach, the parent has a single point of contact to access all of those services at once. Five municipalities in Connecticut currently offer services through a 2GEN approach.

“This legislation will strengthen and build upon the success that 2GEN has already had in Connecticut,” said Senator Moore. “People’s lives have already been positively impacted through this program. Creating a cabinet dedicated to the 2GEN initiative will increase that impact and allow us to reach more parents and children throughout the state, ensuring that more families rise up the economic ladder.”

The bill now awaits a vote by the Senate.