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Young Parents with Young Children: Supporting Two Generations

This course will explore several key questions:

  • What are the developmental issues relevant for parents between the ages of 18 and 25, as well as children from birth to age five?
  • What are the risks and protective factors associated with young, vulnerable families?
  • What is a two-generation model?
  • How can individual providers and programs best support young parents and young children?

We approach the answers to these questions from a developmental, ecological, trauma-informed perspective, drawing on research-based approaches to working with two generations. 

Meet the instructor


Carmela J. DeCandia, PsyD, is a licensed clinical child psychologist with specialties in child and adolescent development, family homelessness, trauma, program development, and assessment. She has dedicated her career to advancing best practices and policies to support vulnerable children and families, and to improve the systems which serve them.  A compassionate clinician and effective leader, she is nationally recognized as a writer, advocate, and public speaker. She has led direct service and national agencies including St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Center and The National Center on Family Homelessness, and she recently helped launched The Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children and Youth. She is now working as an independent consultant to support providers in building effective programs for children and families. For her work, she was named the recipient of the 2016 Horace Mann Spirit of Service Award by Antioch University.