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Paradise For Everyone?


Follow @heynisha   Photo courtesy of sarasotagov.com I’m writing this as I fly back to Washington, DC, from Sarasota, Florida – where the Community Foundation of Sarasota County (CFSC) is exploring how to apply the two-generation approach that Ascend at the Aspen Institute has put forward.  Sarasota is a beautiful place – gorgeous beaches, the…

Early Childhood and Maternal Education: Time to Bring Two Generations Together


National data have consistently shown a relationship between maternal education level and how well children are prepared for success as they enter kindergarten (see figure above).  As the country continues to struggle with what seems like an intractable achievement gap, it is time to put more attention on expanding the two ends of the education…

Emerging Two-Gen in Amarillo


  Sowmya Ramanathan is a 2011 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and served as an intern at Ascend in the fall of 2012. As Ascend looks at how two-generation programs – which provide opportunities for and meet the needs of vulnerable parents and their children together – can help ensure economic security, we…

“I am an Acelero Parent”: Two-Generation Approaches Through A Mother’s Eyes


Follow @mekas3zs   The following blog is excerpted and condensed from remarks given by Tameka Henry, a parent of children enrolled in Acelero Learning, at the 2012 Aspen ThinkXChange in Aspen, Colorado.  Tameka was nominated to speak at the Aspen ThinkXChange by Ascend Fellow Henry Wilde. Tameka Henry, left, at the Aspen ThinkXChange I am…

Getting Off The Gold Standard


Follow @SJPopkin   Experts gathered at the Aspen ThinkXChange Design Lab "Counting Change" to discuss metrics for two-generation approaches. The following blog was originally posted at the Urban Institute’s MetroTrends Blog on October 23, 2012. Last week, I attended the Aspen ThinkXChange conference, which brought together a diverse group from the Ascend network. Ascend brings together…

Colorado, Communities, and Collaboration


Follow @MekaeliaD The scene at the Colorado 2019 Summit in Denver, Colorado. Colorado is an important state for Ascend.  Indeed, in 1950 the Aspen Institute was founded in the Rocky Mountain town of Aspen, which has been home to eight Aspen Ideas Festivals, and was most recently the launching pad for Ascend’s inaugural Aspen ThinkXChange.…