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Ascend-ing the Mountain in Aspen: Early Childhood, Health, and Beyond


Follow @heynisha “I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: Making sure our economy works for every working American.” – President Barack Obama Base Camp. Aspen Institute trustee Mike Bezos opened Ascend’s forum on Early Childhood, Health, and Beyond by saying, “Ascend is shining a new light on two-generation approaches.” A policy program…

A Policy Geek’s Perspectives on Early Childhood, Health and Beyond


The Bell Policy Center is honored and excited to be part of the Ascend at the Aspen Institute Network and, as part of our participation, I was particularly fortunate to attend the recent Early Childhood, Health and Beyond forum in Aspen, Colorado.  The conference was designed to learn from parent and practitioner voices, examine research,…

Young Mom Summit: Bridging the Gap between Young Moms And Their Community


I sat in my advisor’s office, holding my breath as she prepared to give me feedback on the latest version of my master’s thesis. But before she could launch into her suggestions on what to change and what to keep, she had something else to share with me. “I spoke with the local department of…

Using My Voice: An Ascend Ambassador’s Story


Tweet to @SRMHughes I am a scrappy activist and advocate.  The seeds of my activism were planted throughout my childhood. I was teased during my school years about my physical appearance, particularly my teeth. The ridicule was incredibly painful, but the pain I felt gave me a desire to fight for those deemed to be…

Women’s Economic Empowerment: Mississippi Snapshot


On a beautiful Monday morning, May 19th, 2014, Anne Mosle, Vice President, The Aspen Institute and Executive Director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, welcomed 40 practitioners, researchers ,parents, and public and private sector leaders to the “Women and Working Families: An Ascend at the Aspen Institute Roundtable.” Walking into the room it was immediately…

In Head Start Partnerships, a Renewed Two-Gen Commitment


Follow @EmmalieDropkin In 2014, in the midst of difficult budget decisions, President Obama and Congress made a commitment to our youngest, most vulnerable children, and their families: they restored sequestration cuts to Head Start and Early Head Start programs across the country and added $500 million in new investments for additional quality services to infants,…