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Mississippi’s Gen+ Approach


We have all heard and seen the statistics in Mississippi – the state ranks 51st in percentage of children living in poverty, highest in poverty rates and people with the lowest incomes, and 50th based on overall measures of human capital. The numbers don’t paint a great picture, but Mississippi is working hard to lift…

I Am More Than a Number


This blog is adapted from Rynn Bell’s remarks on January 25 at the Aspen Forum on Children and Families, which brought together policymakers, parents, practitioners, researchers, and philanthropists to lift up a set of solid ideas for investing in the economic stability and educational success of children and families. I come from a multi-generational household.…

Family Literacy””An Essential 2-Gen Strategy


Family literacy is a critical instructional approach for providing intergenerational programming within the context of the family. It can be used as a vehicle for developing literacy, leadership, multicultural understanding, and self-efficacy. Despite the demise of Even Start, a small, yet vibrant community of family literacy programs continues to provide educational opportunities and supports to…

Ascend Fellow testifies before U.S. House


March 17, 2017 Yesterday, Ascend Fellow Steven Dow testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.  Steven Dow, executive director of the Community Action Project of Tulsa (CAP Tulsa) spoke about the success of Tulsa’s innovative early childhood program, which includes a mix of federal…

The Balancing Act


This blog is adapted from Ariel Ventura Lazo’s remarks on January 25 at the Aspen Forum on Children and Families, which brought together policymakers, parents, practitioners, researchers, and philanthropists to lift up a set of solid ideas for investing in the economic stability and educational success of children and families. I am a first generation…

How Head Start Took Me From the Couch to College


This blog is adapted from Tameka Henry’s remarks on January 25 at the Aspen Forum on Children and Families, which brought together policymakers, parents, practitioners, researchers, and philanthropists to lift up a set of solid ideas for investing in the economic stability and educational success of children and families. When I was 21, I gave…