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Dual Generation: School in Northwest D.C. teaches both students and parents

A charter school in Northwest is working to meet the needs of the community by educating not only children, but their parents. morenext

From ABC7, November 04, 2015

Exposure to toxic stress in childhood linked to risky behavior and adult disease

How a mother responds to her baby’s cries can make a big difference in the child’s ability to learn, develop, and thrive. morenext

From Yale News, November 19, 2015

White House to announce $118 million public, private effort to improve the lives of women and girls


From Washington Post, November 13, 2015

Why Poverty and Segregation Merge at Public Schools

The latest fig­ures show that 51 per­cent of pub­lic school stu­dents at­tend schools where a ma­jor­ity of their class­mates qual­i­fy as poor or low-in­come un­der fed­er­al guidelines. morenext

From National Journal, November 13, 2015

Op-ed: Utah can lead nation in ending the poverty cycle

We know a two-generation model that addresses both parent and child simultaneously is a better approach. We know that connecting low-skill workers with educational resources and short term job-training programs in high demand fields yields better earnings. And, we know that access to high-quality child care while parents are pursuing education or employment better prepares children for kindergarten. morenext

From Salt Lake City Tribune, October 30, 2015

Antipoverty Nonprofit CEO Kirsten Lodal to Receive 2015 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award

Kirsten Lodal, Co-Founder and CEO of LIFT, a non-profit dedicated to providing holistic social services to those struggling with poverty, has been named one of this year’s recipients of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards. morenext

From Harvard Kennedy School, October 29, 2015

Using Behavioral Insights to Increase Parental Engagement: The Parents and Children Together (PACT)

While we know remarkably little about what motivates parents to engage in their children’s development, recent research suggests that ignoring or discounting the future may inhibit parental investment, while certain behavioral tools may help offset this tendency. This paper reports results from a randomized field experiment designed to increase the time that parents of children in subsidized preschool programs spend reading to their children using an electronic reading application that audio and video records parents as they read. morenext

From The National Bureau of Economic Research, October 15, 2015

Colorado Wins Two National IT Awards for Secure Colorado and Universal Application

DENVER, Colo.—The State of Colorado was awarded national information technology awards in two categories this week at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The state won in the Cybersecurity category for its multi-year security strategy, Secure Colorado, and in the Cross Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships category for its Universal Application. morenext

From The Office of Colorado Governor Hickenlooper, October 13, 2015

Participants Claim This Program Boosts Them out of Poverty. Should Other Cities Implement It?  Read

Family Rewards is a bold attempt to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, but it’s rooted in a simple premise: pay parents small amounts of money so they don’t have to scramble to make ends meet, but make those funds conditional on bettering the next generation’s chances of escaping poverty. morenext

From Nation Swell, October 09, 2015

Two-Generation Approach to Equity and Excellence

New York City Mayor DeBlasio's commitment is admirable though without a stronger focus on parent education and parent engagement, it may not be enough. Two-generation initiatives like ours have the potential to launch whole families into the middle class and encourage lasting achievement among children and their parents. morenext

From Huffington Post, September 29, 2015

FACT SHEET: 10 Communities Named Rural IMPACT Demonstration Sites

The Administration launches a national demonstration project to combat rural child poverty by forming a learning community for coordinated health, human service and workforce development service delivery morenext

From US Department of Agriculture, September 28, 2015

Why Being a Poor Kid in America Is Particularly Awful

For a rich country, the U.S. has an unusually high child-poverty rate—and spends unusually little on children and families. morenext

From The Atlantic , September 27, 2015

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminal-justice system that’s left the U.S. with the largest incarcerated population in the world. But they've failed to reckon with history. Fifty years after Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report “The Negro Family” tragically helped create this system, it's time to reclaim his original intent. morenext

From The Atlantic , September 19, 2015

W.K. Kellogg Foundation invests in workforce development programs to help families across the U.S.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) today announced a total investment of $11.6 million to 14 community-based workforce organizations that have received grants as part of two new pilot study programs to increase employment, workforce mobility and family economic security across the country. The two programs, Supporting Transitions to Employment for Parents (STEPS) and Mobility and Opportunity for Valuable Employment by Upskilling Parents (MOVE UP), are leading on-the-ground efforts to ensure that more low-income parents have the skills and opportunities to move onto and up the ladder of economic success. morenext

From W.K. Kellogg Foundation, September 17, 2015

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics | U.S. Department of Education

This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month marks the 25th anniversary of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (Initiative) and in honor of this historic celebration, the Initiative, throughout the month will highlight the tremendous progress Latinos are making in education. Two programs recognized are Ascend Network partners AVANCE, Inc. and Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors. morenext

From US Department of Education, September 09, 2015

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

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