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Growing, Learning, and Being a Child


Nestled in the warmth of their blankets and surrounded by love, the 3-year-olds are peacefully napping at the on-site Jeremiah Child Development Center. One small hand mischievously waves at our group through the hall window. We are visiting from Ascend at the Aspen Institute: Anne Mosle – Vice President & Executive Director, Mekaelia Davis –…

The Sun, the Stars: Creating Two-Generation Legislation


Setting the sun. Under the Colorado sunset review process, the responsibility for conducting sunset reviews alternates between the committees of reference in the state House and in the Senate. Generally, a sunset law is a law that automatically terminates a state regulatory agency, board, or function of government on a certain date.   This summer, while…

When Small Financial Hurdles Threaten to Derail, Everyday Donors Step In


Follow @MeganKashner The air is thick with news, opinions and positions on poverty and opportunity in the U.S. While many voices bemoan the tattered state of the American Dream, those involved in the two-generation field, spurred by Ascend at the Aspen Institute, are acting. I had the honor of connecting in person with the Ascend…

Colorado Lawmakers get Savvy on Two Gen


The term “two-generation” was mentioned a lot throughout hearings on several child care-related bills during the 2014 Colorado legislative session, which started in January and concluded May 7th. While some legislators asked, “what does two-generation mean?” more often the message was that high-quality, affordable child care is one of the most effective ways to promote…

From the Network: Collaborating for Two-Generation Results


What if a community college, a Head Start center, and a Methodist church worked together towards a common goal? The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham – a new member of the Ascend Network – is testing this question through the development of a new way to harness existing resources in order to strengthen the implementation…

1 + 1 = 3?


Follow @heynisha “It takes a lot of hard work to make something simple, to truly understand the underlying challenges and come up with elegant solutions.” – Steve Jobs At the Aspen Institute, we tackle some of society’s most critical issues, from Middle East peace to climate change to national security to global health and development.…