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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.…

Ascend on Storify! Check Out Our Network Launch on Twitter


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Delivering Meaningful Impact with For-Profit Social Enterprise


Follow @MekaeliaD Up until last year, I was President & COO of the apparel company, American MoJo, a for-profit social enterprise (FPSE) based in Lowell, Massachusetts. My brothers and I co-founded the business in 2010 to provide mobility opportunities to single mothers in the US. We were raised by a single mother and were very…

Giving Voice to Young Children


Follow @MekaeliaD   I remember watching “Kids Say The Darnest Things” with my mother and enjoying fits of laughter as young children had ‘serious’ conversations with Bill Cosby. The television show created a space for my mother and me to talk about anything, as the candor of young children gave me the will power to…