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You’ve Got Chocolate in My Peanut Butter!


Remember that old commercial, “You’ve got chocolate in my peanut butter!  You’ve got peanut butter in my chocolate?” Put aside the unlikely ways peanut butter and chocolate “got into” each other in those 1980s ads, and the gist was clear:  two great things are even better together.  That’s what two-generation strategies are all about. Recently,…

Banking on Children and Parents Together


Follow @alevere Can you imagine a child in preschool with her own bank account? How might she feel as she takes a trip to the local bank or credit union branch to make her deposit? Equally important, how can this account not only change her life, but also change the lives of her parents? Preschool…

Collaboration and A Woman’s Nation


Follow @SarahCHaight Last week I had the privilege of attending The Atlantic Presents the Shriver Report LIVE in Washington, DC, where a remarkable mix of leaders shared big ideas on how to lift all women toward opportunity. It was a celebratory launch for The Shriver Report: Women Pushing Back From the Brink. Equally importantly, it…

A Montessori Model for Two Generations


A major strategy of Ascend is to elevate two-generation programs, which provide opportunities for and meet the needs of vulnerable children and their parents together. Ascend has a growing database of more than 100 promising programs. We conduct regular outreach to program leaders to determine how they reach children and their parents simultaneously. Recently, I…

NCFL Research: Two-Generation Program Promotes Meaningful Parent Engagement, Academic Achievement


Numerous studies over the past two decades show that parents’ educational attainment and their involvement in their child’s education leads to greater academic success for that child. Now, there is new research that shows how educational opportunities can impact children and adults simultaneously in many ways. The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) recently released…

Kentucky Promise


Follow @SarahCHaight Above, participants at the Summit discuss public-private partnerships in rural America A few months after his January 1964 State of the Union speech, President Lyndon B. Johnson stood on the front steps of a home in East Appalachia, Kentucky and declared a “war on poverty” in the United States.  The site was strategic…