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What’s In Our Toolbox?


It’s the dog days of August. In DC, that means muggy afternoons, empty circles (Dupont, Logan), and quiet commutes. At Ascend, that means preparing for the Aspen ThinkXChange, our right-around-the-corner national forum on two-generation solutions. It also means ensuring our 2Gen Toolbox is ready and accessible to you – leaders in the field who want…

The City of Angels Goes 2Gen!


The City of Angels is ready for 2Gen. That was the headline of the May 29 forum organized by Ascend Network Partner Abriendo Puertas and First 5 LA, featuring more than 100 participants from school districts, nonprofits, government agencies, and philanthropic organizations around Los Angeles County. A place of promise and contradictions This is a…

Smart Starts for Children and Families


Building Upon Early Learning Innovations On May 13-14, Ascend at the Aspen Institute convened a diverse circle of leaders for a series of conversations that highlight emerging themes for bold advances in the field of early childhood development. The forum includes insights from historians, experts in early care and education, practitioners, parents, policymakers, and philanthropists…

Ascend’s Salute to Mothers


As Mother’s Day 2015 approaches, Ascend salutes mothers across the country and says ‘thank you’ for all they do for their families. In honor of our own mothers, we recount below some of our earliest memories of school, values, and family. These are our stories. Please share one of yours! Veronica McLaughlin I am the…

Outcomes for Two Generations, Together


On March 2nd I had the pleasure of joining Ascend Network partners from around the country for a conversation about two-generation outcomes.* Even within a single program, identifying which outcomes to measure and how to measure them can be challenging, and further challenges emerge when the conversation includes stakeholders from a range of programs across…

Recent Poll Underlies the Significance of a Healthy Start in Life


Recent Poll Underlies the Significance of a Healthy Start in Life Health and well-being are core components of the two-generation approach to help low-income families reach educational success and economic security. There are many social determinants of health that impact the economic state of families, and once recognized, can be addressed through policies, practice, and…