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A Chance for Dropouts, Young and Old, to Go Back to School


Earlier this month, the New York Times profiled Excel Center students, teachers, and the Goodwill representatives that oversee the schools on the impact the program has had on improving the lives of adults with low-incomes seeking a high school education. Betsy Delgado, Ascend Fellow and vice president for mission and education initiatives at Goodwill of…

Engaging Fathers in Child Support: From a Punitive to Supportive Approach


Most of us cringe when we hear the label “Deadbeat Dad” or other terminology that presumes absent parents are uncaring parents. These labels conjure all kinds of negative ideas and images of a non-custodial father who has no means of providing for his children and cares little for them. That perception is reflected in traditional…

2018 Solutions Series


In 2018, Ascend is laser-focused on providing concrete, actionable solutions for practitioners and policymakers that want to incorporate a whole family approach to their work. The Solutions Series is a collection of briefs, webinars, and convenings that elevate the top opportunities and actionable solutions to move children and their parents toward educational success and economic…

What Parents Talk About When They Talk About Learning:  A National Survey About Young Children and Science


Image source: Education Development Center and SRI International CPB-PBS Ready to Learn Initiative just released a first of its kind survey on more than 1,400 parents of children ages 3-6 about their attitudes, beliefs and practices related to early learning. What Parents Talk About When They Talk About Learning:  A National Survey About Young Children…

Evidence-Based Home Visiting Boosts Mobility from Poverty


Ascend’s Morgridge Innovator in Residence, Roxane White, has co-authored a new report with Heather Sandstrom as part of the U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty. The report, “Scale Evidence-Based Home Visiting Programs to Reduce Poverty and Improve Health,” showcases the benefits evidence-based home visiting programs provide to families with low incomes. Early childhood home visiting, an…

Announcing: Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community


The unemployment rate is lower than it has been for many years and working parents are and have been key contributors to our nation’s economic growth. With that, we must fully recognize that America’s workforce has changed dramatically over several decades – almost half of all children are being raised in households in which all…