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4 Ways to Address Economic and Opportunity Inequality in the US


Almost half of all children in the US are born into low-income families, and the inequality gap is growing, leaving the American Dream out of reach for far too many people. But leaders across the country are working to find solutions to help break that trend. Ascend at the Aspen Institute recently brought together more than 200…

Q&A: Behavioral Science and 2Gen


Throughout 2015, Ascend is hosting a series of webinars in which we go in-depth with Network Partners and leaders in the field working in specific content areas to build evidence for two-generation solutions. Behavioral science and economics are growing fields that have important implications for the 2Gen movement. The axis of the two fields focuses…

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…