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Freedom and Opportunity


Follow @MekaeliaD Typically, the summer season means freedom from school for students and from work for adults. This year’s summer arrival also brings the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer. It is the anniversary of one of the most significant movements to support economic opportunity in the U.S. – expanding the right to vote. 50 years…

Predicting a Child’s ACE Score…and Then What?


Follow @LoreleiAtalie What would happen if we could predict a child’s Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Score? Could we prevent a high ACE score? Can we as a society protect a child from long-term poor health outcomes? If we could develop a tool to predict ACE scores, how could we prevent that tool from further marginalizing…

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…