Intergenerational Shared Sites Programs (page 3)

— Generations United
Updated on Nov 12, 2009

Onegeneration - Van Nuys, CA

  • Theory based, research driven program that provides co-located day care services for both frail seniors (stroke victims and those suffering from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s) and children (ages 6 weeks to 6 years).
  • All staff members are cross-trained and plan at least seven intergenerational activities a day.
  • NAEYC accredited childcare and CARF accredited adult care; the only dually accredited program in the nation.
  • For additional information, contact Kelly Bruno at (818) 705-2345, or visit

Providence Mount St. Vincent, Intergenerational Learning Center Seattle, WA

The Edgewood Center - Portsmouth, NH

Operates an on-site childcare program for the children of nursing home staff members. The children and their teachers interact with the nursing home residents by doing exercises and enjoying activities together on a weekly basis.

Hosts a “Golden Bonds” program where middle school aged children and residents are paired up for bi-weekly visits and activities.

Residents host monthly intergenerational special events-such as harvest festivals and a grandparent’s tea to which hundreds of local schoolchildren and their families are invited.

For additional information, contact Susan Battye at (603) 436-0099, or visit

The Macklin Intergenerational Institute - Findlay, OH

Operates Marilyn’s Life Long Educational Center, which offers quality childcare in an intergenerational setting including daily interactions with seniors.

Makes use of the “Family Room Approach” that creates an interactive, home-like environment, heightening the social, physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual development of all participants.

Virginia Tech - Blacksburg, VA

Beyond providing intergenerational activities, the facility allows for research in recreational activities, exercise, and intergenerational programming.

For additional information, contact Shannon Jarrott at (540) 231-5434, 

Adult Day Services and Child Development Laboratory School in the Department of Human Development at Virginia or visit

Additional Programs

These are just some of the different intergenerational shared site program models. Considering the potential components listed in the chart on the front of this fact sheet as well as sites which serve multiple generations (community centers, faith-based organizations, housing facilities, hospitals, family support centers, etc.) - the possibilities for intergenerational shared sites are endless. Some other program models are: senior center with before and afterschool program; housing for older adults and college students; and computer lab in senior housing facility used by children, youth, and older adults. For more information on additional programs or to see if there is a shared site in your area, visit or contact Generations United.

How-to Guide

Generations United, with the support of MetLife Foundation, has created a user-friendly how-to guide for individuals and groups who either are, or will be, involved in the development of intergenerational shared sites. This guide, with chapters written by noted professionals from various disciplines, provides general information on program development, highlights tips from different programs, and coalesces many disparate strands of information. Chapters include Visioning and Assessment; Funding and Partners; Facility Design and Building; Staff Development, Training and Retention; Marketing; Curriculum Development and Intergenerational Activities; and Evaluation. The guide is available on-line at or for purchase by contacting Generations United. 

Provides training, consultation, completes research and evaluation that substantiates the benefits of intergenerational learning.

For additional information, contact Dr. Vicki Rosebrook at (419) 425-3043 or visit 

Operates a licensed childcare center for 91 children, is integrally connected in the heart of this residential eldercare facility providing 215 residents nursing care, assisted living, adult day health, and rehabilitation services.

  • Staff of both the children’s and elder’s programs plan and evaluate activities together that reflect the interests and developmental needs of both groups involving volunteers, parents, family members, other staff, and the community.
  • This holistic approach to care for all participants, connected to the natural cycles of life, has become a vital part of the vision and mission.
  • For additional information, contact Joan Whitley, (206) 938-6195 or visit

A. Goyer, Intergenerational Shared Site and Shared Resource Programs: Current Models. (Washington D.C. Generations United Background Paper: Project SHARE, 2001). S. Newman, C. Ward, T. Smith, J. Wilson, J. McCrea, G. Calhoun, & E. Kingson, Intergenerational Programs: Past, present and future. (Washington D.C.: Taylor & Francis Publications, 1997). A. Kalache, Ageing worldwide. In Shah Ebrahim and Kalache. (Ed.), Epidemiology in old age (pp. 22-31). (London: BMJ Publishing Group, 1996). J. Johnson and B. Bytheway, Ageism: Concept and Definition. In Johnson and Slater, Ageing and Later life. (Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications, 1994). A. Goyer. Ibid.


This fact sheet was made possible by a grant from MetLife Foundation.

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