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Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham joins conversation to address generational poverty: reader opinio

Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham work in Birmingham that empowers women and their children in the move beyond poverty was met with praise and calls to further action. morenext

From Alabama.com, November 13, 2014

Endicott receives grant to expand student-parent program nationally

Endicott College was recently awarded a $495,000 grant, paid over three years, to replicate the school’s Keys to Degrees program across the country, said college President Richard Wylie, who started the program. The grant is made possible by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. morenext

From The Salem News, November 11, 2014

A business-nonprofit partnership remedy for high turnover

One of the challenges that advocates are discussing here at an anti-poverty conference in Aspen — yes, I realize the irony — is getting buy-in from the private sector. How do you convince companies that social spending and government “handouts” are good for the bottom line? morenext

From Washington Post: Opinion, October 10, 2014

Ascend releases top policies for ‘2 Gen’ poverty reduction

Research shows that parents' education, economic stability and overall health have a dramatic effect on the progress made by their children. Similarly, progress made by their children is often a catalyst for parents to pursue their own education and engage in more healthy behaviors. morenext

From Bell Policy Center, October 08, 2014

Attendance and the Early Grades: A Two Generation Issue

Voices for Utah Children's third issue in a series of briefs focused on two-generation strategies to reduce poverty. September 2014 morenext

From Voices for Utah Children, September 18, 2014

New on-site family support services set for teens, adults attending classes at WMCAT

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Placing housing caseworkers and resource managers alongside students, teachers and administrators is expected to build school success this year for students and adults attending classes at the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT). morenext

From Michigan Live, September 11, 2014

Manaus Fund

The Manaus Fund is pleased to announce receipt of a grant for $25,000 from the Marx Family Advised Fund at the Aspen Community Foundation, to support its Valley Settlement Project. morenext

From The Aspen Business Journal, September 05, 2014

Advancement for Families Through AVANCE

Las Cruces, NM - An interview with AVANCE-New Mexico Regional Director, Josie Ramirez; and AVANCE Citizen Advisory Board President, Oscar Vasquez Butler. Avance is a Spanish word meaning progress or advancement. AVANCE is a national two-generation education nonprofit organization dedicated to parental involvement and child development by providing innovative education and family support services to hard-to-reach families for forty years. morenext

From National Public Radio- KRWG , September 05, 2014

Parent Information at VMA

Unique to the VMA School experience is the Parent Success Program that is designed to support the Parents and Families of VMA students. morenext

From Visible Men Academy , August 16, 2014

Improving Educational Outcomes for Families

A mother’s level of educational attainment has important implications for her children’s economic well-being, education, and health, says a new Foundation for Child Development report by Donald Hernandez and Jeffrey Napierala. Their findings reaffirm previous research, suggesting that less maternal education is associated with higher levels of poverty, child obesity, and infant mortality, and lower levels of preschool enrollment and academic proficiency for children. morenext

From New America Ed Central, August 15, 2014

A new career path for these 10 moms

Ten single mothers celebrated during an inspiring and tear-filled graduation ceremony, July 31 at Alta Vista Elementary School. morenext

From The Herald Tribune, August 07, 2014

Grant to help Hispanic parents assist in their kids’ education

A $480,000 grant will allow Chicanos Por la Causa to launch a two-year program to train Latino parents in Yuma and three other Arizona counties to take a more effective role in their children’s education. morenext

From The Yuma Sun, August 05, 2014

Ascend to Austin: The Promise of the Two-Generation Approach

The Uphaus pilot is part of the Aspen Institute Ascend Network, a unique system that brings together organizations across the country working to develop two-generation approaches to disrupt poverty and create economic mobility for families. UWATX was identified as one of 58 organizations to join the Network and receive funding from the Aspen Institute Ascend Fund. More than 250 organizations applied to join the Network through a highly selective national competition. morenext

From The United Way for Greater Austin, August 03, 2014

Utah moves up to 11th in child well-being ranks

Utah ranks 11th in the country for child well-being, the first time in five years the state has improved in overall quality of life for its youngest citizens, according to a report released Tuesday. The Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked states according to economic well-being, education, health, and family and community as part of its annual Kids Count report. The foundation found Utah improving when it came to education and health but sliding when it came to child poverty. morenext

From The Salt Lake Tribune, July 21, 2014

Securing a Better Future: A Portrait of Female Students in Mississippi’s Community Colleges

This report presents findings from a survey of female community college students in Mississippi conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and commissioned by the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi. The survey is designed to identify supports and practices that can help women succeed in community college and attain economic security. It explores women’s motivations for pursuing college, their personal and career goals, their support needs, and the economic, health, and time challenges that they experience. The survey was designed as a part of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s Student Parent Success Initiative, which provides information and tools to promote the success of student parents in postsecondary education. morenext

From IWPR Publication, June 30, 2014

Families achieving together

Babies and toddlers in frilly dresses and button-down shirts smiled and squirmed during a recent graduation ceremony as their parents accepted symbolic college certificates on their behalf. The special “tickets to college,” signed by Santa Rosa Junior College President Frank Chong, are more than clever mementos of their parents’ graduation from the nine-month Avance parent-child education program. morenext

From The Press Democrat, June 29, 2014

Acelero offers full-day preschool, personal attention to at-risk kids

Acelero uses a dual-generational approach that includes a family life program that stresses routine, positive guidance, an experience-rich environment and self-sufficiency. morenext

From Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, June 27, 2014

Sesame Workshop and Ounce of Prevention Fund Team Up For New Parent and Child Engagement Initiative

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and the Ounce of Prevention Fund (Ounce) announced that they are partnering to create an innovative digital platform for early learning family engagement. morenext

From Ounce of Prevention Fund, June 24, 2014

Office of Head Start awards $60 million to early childhood education programs in Detroit

DETROIT, MI – Detroit is among just five places in the U.S. selected for millions of dollars in federal funds for an Office of Head Start program aimed at improving early childhood education in the city. morenext

From Detroit Muller, June 17, 2014

Parenting Program Aimed at Latinos Helps Boost Literacy Behaviors

Latino parents of young children who attended a 10-session education program called Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors end up sticking with behaviors that are linked to child academic success, a new study finds. Those outcomes include parents reading to their children at home, taking them to the library, and being more mindful of how parent behavior sets an example for children. morenext

From Education Week, June 11, 2014

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