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Happy Birthday Head Start!


This blog is shared courtesy of the Ascend Network Partner National Head Start Association. The orgainzation's mission is to coalesce, inspire, and support the Head Start field as a leader in early childhood development and education.  This year marks 50 years since the creation of Head Start, a national commitment to breaking the cycle of poverty…

2Gen and ACE: Using the Survey for Whole Family Impact


On October 21, 2015, The National Crittenton Foundation (TNCF) released the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Survey Toolkit. The toolkit was developed in partnership with Ascend at the Aspen Institute to equip human service providers with the tools and tips needed to administer the ACE survey. The ACE Toolkit for Providers includes: ●     A sample protocol…

Re-Tooling Family Well-Being in Colorado


Earlier this year, the Colorado Department of Human Services and the Family Resource Center Association – both Ascend Network Partners – collaborated on a practical guide for organizations that serve low-income families to consider and begin using metrics to support families holistically as they move through a continuum of “well-being.” The Family Well-Being Toolkit evolved…

Where Great Stories Begin


Reach Out and Read Improves Family and Child Health Outcomes through Primary Care New article The Elephant in the Clinic examines the multifaceted role of Reach Out and Read in the promotion of early literacy and family well-being, two generations at a time, through primary healthcare.   You may have heard the Indian parable in which…

What’s In Our Toolbox?


It’s the dog days of August. In DC, that means muggy afternoons, empty circles (Dupont, Logan), and quiet commutes. At Ascend, that means preparing for the Aspen ThinkXChange, our right-around-the-corner national forum on two-generation solutions. It also means ensuring our 2Gen Toolbox is ready and accessible to you – leaders in the field who want…

The City of Angels Goes 2Gen!


The City of Angels is ready for 2Gen. That was the headline of the May 29 forum organized by Ascend Network Partner Abriendo Puertas and First 5 LA, featuring more than 100 participants from school districts, nonprofits, government agencies, and philanthropic organizations around Los Angeles County. A place of promise and contradictions This is a…