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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…

Ascend Fellows Move Ideas Into Action


Follow @MekaeliaD   Above, Ascend Fellows share their leadership values   Last month, I spent three days with a diverse group of leaders at the final Forum of the Ascend Fellowship. Reflecting on my experience working with twenty remarkable individuals, I was faced with a bittersweet realization that the inaugural Ascend Fellowship had suddenly come…

Anne Mosle: Local and National Visionary


Follow @NickyGoren The 2013 Washington Area Women's Foundation Visionary Award Honorees from left to right: Anne Mosle, Marion Ballard, Sharon Williams and Rick Ballard Donna Callejon is a former board member and current Leadership Council co-chair of the Washington Area Women's Foundation. Nicky Goren is the current president of the Washington Area Women's Foundation. Aspen Institute Ascend Executive Director Anne Mosle has influenced…

Where the Jobs Are: Young Parents in the Private Sector


From left: Jonathan Njus; Denise Hebner; Leasie Clark; Elyse Rosenblum; and Kavitha Cardoza There are currently 6.7 million opportunity youth, ages 16-24 who are out of school and seeking work, and 1.4 million of those young adults are parents to more than 2 million children.[1] Through my work with employers, I know that while these…