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Women Make Up Two-Thirds Of Low Wage Workers In D.C. Region

Nearly two-thirds of low wage workers in the D.C. region are women, earning $10.10 or less an hour, according to the Washington Area Women's Foundation (WAWF). President of Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat of WAWF says one important strategy is investing in a two-generation approach. That means providing opportunities for both low-income women and their children. morenext

From WAMU, August 30, 2015

Early Learning Helps Families

Letter from Ascend Executive Director Anne Mosle highlights the 2Gen efforts by Ascend Network partners in the Sarasota, FL region as a model for the nation. morenext

From Sarasota Herald-Tribune, August 19, 2015

New Study Sets Out to Find Link Between Babies’ Nutrient Intake and Brain Development

Scientists in North Carolina are launching a study to link the types of feedings for infants and their subsequent cognitive development. morenext

From Salisbury Post, August 13, 2015

Why Rich Kids Become Rich Adults and Poor Kids Become Poor Adults

Why and how do income inequality and the environments in which children grow up directly impact their future earnings? Depends where they live. morenext

From The Wilson Quarterly, August 13, 2015

Research Shows Parents’ Odd Work Schedules May Impact Children’s Health

A growing body of research suggests that children’s language and problem-solving skills may suffer as a result of their parents’ changeable and last-minute work schedules. morenext

From New York Times, August 12, 2015

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (NM) Aims to Use 2Gen to Counter Poverty

Sen. Heinrich visited Las Cruces recently to gather feedback for what will become a federal bill called the Two Generation Economic Empowerment Act. The goal, he said, is to streamline federal processes to allow government agencies and nonprofits to cohesively tackle the problems that feed the cycle of poverty. morenext

From Las Cruces Sun-News, August 10, 2015

New Initiative Takes ‘Two-Generation’ Approach to Boosting Rural, Tribal

Up to 10 rural and tribal communities will receive technical support from the Obama Administration to roll out programs that impact adults and children through a new "two-generation" initiative. morenext

From Education Week, August 06, 2015

This is the Key to Ending Poverty in Birmingham

An Op-Ed by Jeanne Jackson, president and CEO of the Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham explains its "Prescription for Success" 2-Gen program, operated with Childcare Resources and Jefferson Slate Community College. The column also highlights Ascend's work on the two-generation approach. morenext

From, August 04, 2015

‘A diploma really is a crime-stopper.’ Feds aim to fund inmate education.

Some inmates of state and federal prisons will be eligible soon for federal Pell grants through an experiment called the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program. The experiment, to be launched by fall 2016, would provide an exception to a ban enacted in 1994 that made prisoners ineligible for Pell grants. morenext

From The Washington Post, August 02, 2015

Where Parents Train While Their Kids Learn

Two-generation Head Start programs are preparing little ones for school and ushering their parents into better employment. morenext

From The National Journal, July 27, 2015

2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book

The KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the report ranks states on overall child well-being and in economic well-being, education, health and family and community. morenext

From KIDS COUNT Data Book, Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 21, 2015

Black Children in U.S. Are Much More Likely to Live in Poverty, Study Finds

Black children were almost four times as likely as white children to be living in poverty in 2013, a new report has found, the latest evidence that the economic recovery is leaving behind some of the United States’ most vulnerable citizens. morenext

From The New York Times, July 14, 2015

3 Things You Didn’t Know about 2Gen Trends

2Gen approaches are promising paths for helping more families achieve the independence and freedom that are hallmarks of our country. morenext

From Social Impact Architects, July 13, 2015

An opportunity gamed away

For a county in the Deep South that reaped millions from casino business, poverty is still its spin of the wheel. morenext

From The Washington Post, July 11, 2015

Pathways Out of Poverty Require Two-Generation Solutions

Over time, the philanthropic community has pursued a range of strategies to break the poverty cycle for parents and children through strategies that focus on early childhood development or parental capacity building, yet we've failed to achieve more positive outcomes at scale. Why? morenext

From The Huffington Post, July 11, 2015

Sarasota: A glimpse into American poverty’s future

How can Newtown’s schools help the latest generation of students? Educators at the neighborhood’s Alta Vista Elementary School have found some answers. Principal Barbara Shirley adopted an Aspen Institute initiative called “Two Generations, One Future,” designed to simultaneously engage children and their parents in practical skills, with the twin goals of academic success and job readiness. Shirley viewed the program as a natural fit for this county, where the number of locals registering for food stamps has soared 200% in the past eight years and where almost half of those at or below the poverty line work full and part-time jobs. morenext

From Fortune, June 29, 2015

How does the ‘toxic stress’ of poverty hurt the developing brain?

A growing body of research shows that the stress of growing up in poverty can have long-term effects on children's brains and cognitive development. How can so-called “toxic stress” be prevented? NewsHour’s Megan Thompson reports in our latest story from the continuing public media series "Chasing the Dream.” Thompson is currently a fellow with the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism program. morenext

From PBS News Hour, June 27, 2015

Aspen Institute’s Anne Mosle asks, Do men have to lose for women to win? (Video)

Mosle talked with Cindy Fisher Crawford about what it takes to get more women in Birmingham’s C-Suites and hopefully CEO seats. morenext

From Birmingham Business Journal, June 22, 2015

A Federal Policy on Paid Leave Suddenly Seems Plausible

The United States is the only industrialized country that doesn’t provide workers with any sort of paid leave as part of government policy. The Family and Medical Leave Act, which President Bill Clinton signed on his 17th day in office in 1993, gives about half of workers 12 weeks of unpaid leave for a serious health condition, a birth or an ailing family member. morenext

From The New York Times: Upshot, June 22, 2015

Five issues to keep poverty on the agenda in 2016

Poverty affects who we are as a country. It affects our economy, our criminal justice system, our educational investments and the future of our workforce. Our response to it, or lack thereof, is an expression of our national values. morenext

From The Hill: Blog, June 10, 2015

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