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Success lies in 2Gen


Mignon Peters-Whitaker is a parent with Sheltering Arms / Atlanta Civic Site, an Ascend Network Partner. Sheltering Arms serves working families with high quality, affordable child care and education and comprehensive support services, and provides professional development for early childhood educators and community outreach. Sheltering arms is part of the Atlantic Civic Site, a neighborhood initiative…

2Gen Practice Institute Takeaways: Parent Engagement At Every Level


One of my main takeaways from Ascend at Tulsa was how to engage parents and give their voice meaning at every level of an organization. I was also fortunate to have a parent representative from my organization, Luz Marrow, attend the conference as well. As a 2Gen community provider, I am sure we would all…

2Gen Practice Institute Takeaways: Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc


This past April, I had the honor of attending a convening at the Aspen Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where 2Gen (two-generation)  practitioners came together and engaged in a captivating two and 1/2 day learning experience: “Learning Strategies and Advancing my Knowledge of 2gen Approaches.”  The 2Gen Practice Institute focus remained on one key goal:  Unifying…

Debrief: Whole Family 2Gen Approach Kickoff Meeting


On Monday, April 3rd the Dakota County Department of Community Corrections hosted their first Whole Family 2GEN Approach Kickoff meeting in Hastings, Minnesota. The convening brought together over 25 staff, consisting of corrections officers, case managers, supervisors, and directors primarily from the juvenile division. The staff that came together had an impressive 562 years of…

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.…