Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Poverty

Showing up for a whole person means also showing up for their whole family.

About half of the young adults at UTEC are also young parents.

Our two-generation approach makes the most of our opportunities for whole-family engagement. This starts with the 2Gen Center @ UTEC, an onsite early education center for the children (ages 0-5) of young adults enrolled at UTEC. Research demonstrates that children of incarcerated or formerly incarcerated parents often experience a range of adverse outcomes, but with the right support system in place, these young children and families can flourish.

At UTEC, young parents and their young children work together on social-emotional development, along with essential life skills, and systems change that will help them break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.


• Child-driven curriculum inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach

• State-funded vouchers accepted

• No cost to UTEC families without vouchers

• Two-way transportation provided

• Daily-made USDA approved hot meals served

• Experienced, educated teachers


In Fall 2021, UTEC’s 2Gen Early Childhood Education Center opened a new resource for families. The Parenting Center includes access to basic needs like laundry, computer, printers, and groceries as well as a space to host workshops and family activities.

Madd Love to our funders:

  • The Anderson Foundation
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund
  • Niflin Foundation


Baker-Polito Administration Announces $20 Million in Grants to Increase Economic Opportunity in Communities Across Massachusetts

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the award of 65 grants totaling over $20 million to 62 organizations through the Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant Program.


HISET Success Story on WCAP

Rebecca, Director of Education, and Rocky, UTEC young adult, join Gregg Croteau, CEO on WCAP to discuss how UTEC’s academic education program provides the support young people need to be successful.