Two generations. One future.

Roundtables & Convenings

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May 14, 2015

Smart Starts for Children and Families: Building Upon Early Learning Innovations

On May 13-14, we will convene a diverse circle of leaders for a series of conversations that highlight emerging themes for bold advances in the field of early childhood development. The forum includes insights from historians, experts in early care and education, practitioners, parents, policymakers, and philanthropists from across the nation.

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April 07, 2015

Release of the Aspen Institute 2Gen Anthology

April 7, 2015 ,11:45 am - 1:30 pm

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February 26, 2015

Webinar: Toxic! Stress, Health, and ACEs

Toxic! Stress, Health, ACEs Webinar Ascend at the Aspen Institute and Ascend Network Partners Katie Albright (San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center); Jeannette Pai-Espinosa (The National Crittenton Foundation); and Jason Gortney (The Children's Home Society of Washington State) in this important two-gen conversation.

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December 11, 2014

The Bottom Line: Investing for Impact on Economic Mobility in the U.S.

We will host a breakfast panel featuring contributors and insights from this comprehensive report that lifts up the ways impact investing can advance social and economic mobility for America's families.

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December 10, 2014

Two-Generation Approaches to Community Transformation

Looking for breakthrough ideas that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security? Join The United Ways', December’s What’s Happening Wednesday webinar with Ascend at the Aspen Institute to explore three examples of two-generation approaches to family wellbeing.

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November 18, 2014

The Higher Equation: Postsecondary Platforms for Family Success

The webinar focuses on how higher education – as both a system and a community institution – supports economic security and success among low-income families across the U.S.

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November 07, 2014

Top 10 for 2-Gen: Principles for Action and Lessons from Bipartisan Polling

Two-generation policy opportunities, ones that improve outcomes for both children and parents at the same time, are emerging at every level of government. Cities, states, and federal agencies are examining how these opportunities can strengthen their efforts to create a new cycle of opportunity for families. What are the top 10 policy ideas for two generations? How does the public perceive these solutions? Where will there be the greatest momentum – and the biggest challenge? Join Ascend Executive Director Anne Mosle and Lake Research Partners principal Celinda Lake for a November 7 webinar on "Top 10 for 2-Gen," a new report from Ascend at the Aspen Institute highlighting the principles and policy ideas of two generation strategies. We will also share fresh bipartisan polling data highlighting the power of two-generation solutions to advance opportunity for children and parents.

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October 30, 2014

Ensuring the Legacy of the American Dream

Mark your calendars for this invitation-only funders briefing on building educational success and economic security for children and their parents together.

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September 18, 2014

New Report on Affordable Care Act and Families

Please join the Aspen Institute and the National Academy for State Health Policy for the release of “The Affordable Care Act: Affording Two-Generation Approaches to Health.” This publication is the first comprehensive look at the opportunities around the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion to drive better outcomes for children and parents together.

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July 16, 2014

District Work with a Two-Generation Approach: A Strategy Meeting

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July 10, 2014

New Networks: The Power of Women’s Funds For Two-Generation Change

Webinar on New Networks: The Power of Women’s Funds For Two-Generation Change

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April 29, 2014

Launch of the Aspen Institute Ascend Network

Aspen Institute Ascend Network Launch

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April 11, 2014

Two Generations, One Future

This policy research briefing examines evidence supporting two-generation investments and discusses several initiatives and evaluations that are currently underway, including a pilot project in Evanston, Illinois.

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March 12, 2014

Progress & Possibilities in Early Childhood

Two-generation approaches in early childhood: Colorado as a model state.

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February 12, 2014

Webinar: What’s in Your Piggy Bank?

Join us for a webinar on new paths to economic security for children and their parents through child savings accounts.

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January 31, 2014

Gateways to Two Generations

A Conversation on the Potential for Early Childhood Programs and Partnerships to Support Educational Success and Economic Security

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November 13, 2013

The 2012-2013 Ascend Fellows November Forum

The 2012-2013 Ascend Fellows will complete the inaugural Ascend Fellowship with a three-day Forum in Washington, DC.

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October 01, 2013

From Two Generations to One Future: Private Sector Employment Pathways for Two Generations

Private Sector Employment Pathways for Two Generations: A Conversation on Creating Economic Success for Young Parents

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September 11, 2013

From Two Generations to One Future: Media Briefing on Focus Group Findings

Voices for Two-Generation Success ​is a series of bipartisan focus groups and surveys examining and elevating the experiences, dreams, anxieties, and aspirations of mothers, fathers, and adolescents around the country.

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June 19, 2013

$1 Million Aspen Institute Ascend Fund Launches

In another step to significantly improve the lives of low-income children and their parents in the United States, Ascend at the Aspen Institute launched the $1 Million Aspen Institute Ascend Fund.

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