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Head Start Reimagined: Ascend’s February E-News

Ascend's February 2015 E-News

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Case Studies: Two Generations Together, National Head Start Association

Across the country, local programs have partnered with colleges, workforce agencies, banks, employers, foundations, hospitals, state agencies, and more to create a two- generation infrastructure for success.

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Two Generations Together, National Head Start Association, January 2015

When Head Start was launched in 1965, at its core was the idea that families and communities were integral to any effort to support children’s successful learning and development. Fifty years after that first summer of parents and churches and community organizations opening classrooms for poor children and providing them with learning experiences, medical and dental care, and nutritious meals, Head Start has grown to serve more than a million children annually, always believing in parents as their children’s first teachers and a program’s most important partners.

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Voices for Two-Generation Success Top 10 Polling & Messaging Tips

Bipartisan national public opinion and exit poll research on public support for two-generation policies. Report includes messaging tips for two-generation policies. December 2014.

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Vroom

Check out the exciting new Vroom tools for early learning from the Bezos Family Foundation: • Vroom website with downloadable tools, videos, and other resources for families and caregivers; • Quarterly newsletter with Vroom and brain science updates, community spotlights, and brain building tips; and • Vroom app to create brain building moments wherever you are. Visit the Vroom website to find out more.

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

The report recognizes the importance of learning from all sectors in tackling any challenge. Specifically, it builds on opportunities in the growing impact investment field. The report draws on the lessons from market-based approaches to identify tools and strategies that can help move the needle on family economic security.

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Two-Generation Approaches to Community Transformation Webinar

Webinar slides featuring three United Ways initiatives that exploretwo-generation approaches to family wellbeing. December 2014.

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Two-Generation Approaches, National Voices Project

Ascend at the Aspen Institute partnered with the National Voices Project to conduct a major national survey of adults who work and volunteer on behalf of children. The focus of the survey was on key components for two-generation approaches and barriers to economic security and serving two generations. November 2014.

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

Slides from Top 10 for 2-Gen: Principles for Action and Lessons from Bipartisan Polling Webinar Slides covering new exit-polling data about support for two-generation policies to lift families out of poverty. November 2014.

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A Two Generation Strategy: Healthy Parents and Healthy Kids

Voices for Utah Children's fourth brief in their series focused on two-generation strategies to reduce poverty. Healthy and financially secure families are critical in helping end the cycle of intergenerational poverty. However, low-income families struggle to obtain health coverage that can provide the access to care and the financial protection that they need.

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Top Ten for 2Gen: Policy Ideas and Principles to Advance Two-Generation Efforts

Six principles and ten specific policies policymakers can use now to guide the design and use of two-generation approaches. October 2014.

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Attendance and the Early Grades: A Two Generation Issue

Policies that help parents keep kids in school, such as family leave polices and effective transportation systems; coupled with programs that help the child, such as attention to bullying; and improved policies at the school level, such as collecting the right data and working with families to identify barriers to school attendance will ensure that every child succeeds. Voices for Utah Children's third issue in a series of briefs focused on two-generation strategies to reduce poverty. September 2014.

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The Affordable Care Act: Affording Two-Generation Approaches to Health

New report analyzing how the Affordable Care Act can improve families' health and economic stability. September 2014.

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A Two-Generation Strategy: Right from the Start

A two-generation, multi-intervention strategy for single, first-time pregnant women in poverty is being developed by Salt Lake County. The three proposed interventions are: • Nurse Family Partnership • Education and training for the mother, and • Two years of high quality preschool for the child beginning at 3 years of age. Voices for Utah Children's second issue in a series of briefs focused on two-generation strategies to reduce poverty. August 2014.

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Women’s Economic Empowerment 2020

Brief from Ascend's May roundtable with 50 local, state, and national leaders on women's economic empowerment for 2020. July 2014.

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A Two-Generation Approach to Ending Poverty in Utah

Learn about exciting Utah initiatives to address poverty with a two-generation approach, such as the Intergenerational Poverty Mitigation Act and the NEXT GENERATION KIDS pilot project. Voices for Utah Children's first in a series of issue briefs focused on two-generation strategies to reduce poverty. June 2014.

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Making Economic Security a Family Tradition

Full report from the 2012 Aspen ThinkXChange. 2013.

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Aspen Institute Ascend Network Brochure

Introducing the Aspen Institute Ascend Network. April 2014.

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Two (or More) Generation Frameworks

What if – at this the 50th anniversary of the start of the War on Poverty -- we really meant it when we talk about educational and economic success as the legacy that passes from one generation in America to the next, as the mission of Ascend at the Aspen Institute so boldly asserts?

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Harvard Kennedy School Social Capital Toolkit

Published by the Saguaro Seminar. By Thomas H. Sander and Kathleen Lowney. October 2006.

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