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Early Learning Helps Families

Letter from Ascend Executive Director Anne Mosle highlights the 2Gen efforts by Ascend Network partners in the Sarasota, FL region as a model for the nation. morenext

From Sarasota Herald-Tribune, August 19, 2015

New Study Sets Out to Find Link Between Babies’ Nutrient Intake and Brain Development

Scientists in North Carolina are launching a study to link the types of feedings for infants and their subsequent cognitive development. morenext

From Salisbury Post, August 13, 2015

Why Rich Kids Become Rich Adults and Poor Kids Become Poor Adults

Why and how do income inequality and the environments in which children grow up directly impact their future earnings? Depends where they live. morenext

From The Wilson Quarterly, August 13, 2015

Research Shows Parents’ Odd Work Schedules May Impact Children’s Health

A growing body of research suggests that children’s language and problem-solving skills may suffer as a result of their parents’ changeable and last-minute work schedules. morenext

From New York Times, August 12, 2015

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What’s In Our Toolbox?

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The City of Angels Goes 2Gen!

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