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Building An Early Learning Nation, Two Generations at a Time


When my husband, Mike, and I started the Bezos Family Foundation in 2000, we did so with a bold set of beliefs: the loss of potential plus the loss of opportunity equals a “lost generation.” We believe education – particularly early childhood education – is a silver bullet, one that ensures the potential of children…

Fueling Family Ambition


  Follow @FUEL_Education Tinea Rochelle works a full time job while raising two kids: Malik, 19, and Keleyia, 12. They live in Hyde Park, an urban community in Boston.  Tinea never attended college herself; she secured a job at John Hancock straight out of high school. But she knows that her children face a different…

Carrying on the Two-Generation Drumbeat


During my internship with Ascend at the Aspen Institute, I learned something ingrained within me throughout childhood has become an important approach to moving families toward opportunity. Now I step back and wonder how I didn’t originally recognize it as something unique and special during my upbringing.  Ascend at the Aspen Institute focuses on two-generation…

A College Savings Account for Every Child


[It’s less about the fullness of the cup and more about just having a cup. A study finds that students who save between $1 and $500 for college are four times more likely to graduate than students with no savings at all. An article in the National Journal (shared below with permission), A College Savings…

How to Write the Perfect Story for Social Change…a work in progress


“What stories have you heard this morning?” Paul asked. I thought, “It’s 9 o’clock in the morning. I just got here. I haven’t had time to hear any stories.” But then he asked the question a different way. “Did you listen to the news on the way in or hear about a friend’s date in…

Reflections from Diversity Dynamics: A Father’s Perspective


Follow @DDCGeneral In order to truly move the needle from a fatherless trend to a FatherFULL trend in America – we will need to work with fathers, mothers, children, and extended family. This is how we will be using the two-generation approach in our work. This approach is foundational to everything we do, so we…