Ascend Publications

Ascend is pleased to offer these resources to the growing two-generation field. We kindly request that you attribute Ascend’s work by citing the publication referenced. Please email ascend.info@aspeninstitute.org with any questions. Thank you!

With 22 percent of the undergraduate student population comprised of parents, policymakers and institutions must explore the unique needs of this population and address the challenges that may prevent parents from attaining their degree. This includes determining what systems, services, and approaches best support their mental health needs. This brief examines opportunities for policymakers and academic institutions to adapt existing mental health services in order to meet the unique needs of students who are parents and help them complete their degree. (April 2019)

Investments in the postsecondary success of parents with young children can increase attainment of credentials leading to good jobs, bring children the benefits of high-quality learning environments, promote later college-going among children, and improve family economic security across generations. This factsheet provides figures on the student parent population based on the latest National Postsecondary Student Aid Study data. (April 2019)

The current brief explores the effect of a two-generation human capital intervention, CareerAdvance®, on children’s outcomes. CareerAdvance®, developed and run by the Community Action Project of Tulsa County (CAP Tulsa), is a healthcare training programdesigned for parents of children enrolled in CAP’s Head Start programs. Past evaluationsfound that CareerAdvance® was associated with improved parent education, employment inthe healthcare sector, and psychological wellbeing after one year. The central question of this brief is whether there are added (or negative) effects on children as parents advance their own educational goals, adjacent to the positive effects of a high quality Head Start program. (February 2019)

In the summer of 2018, Ascend gathered more than two dozen state and national policy experts and other leaders in the fields of health and early learning at its Aspen Meadows Campus in Aspen, Colorado, to discuss the growing opportunity to leverage the 2Gen approach at the state level and determine how best to take promising new innovations to scale. This report offers a snapshot of specific things federal, state, and local leaders can keep doing, start doing, or stop doing to remove barriers and accelerate success. (February 2019)

On October 8-9 2018, Ascend partnered with the Bezos Family Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Center for Native American Youth for the New Mexico Forum on Early Childhood Development and Family Well-Being in Albuquerque, NM. The convening brought together over 110 leaders across New Mexico to advance three goals: to inspire, provide a sense of ‘what is possible,’ and build relationships among early childhood practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and advocates across New Mexico; to recognize existing and identify best and next practices and policy opportunities that are ‘ripe’ for potential implementation; and to identify learning opportunities that inform next steps and partnerships by New Mexico early childhood leaders.

With collectively more than 100 years of policy expertise and values-based leadership between us, Ascend at the Aspen Institute and the Housing Opportunity and Services Together initiative at the Urban Institute partnered to develop a set of recommendations on how to harness assisted housing and public-private housing partnerships for better outcomes for families. By Dr. Susan Popkin, director of the Urban Institute’s HOST Initiative and Institute Fellow in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center; Elsa Falkenburger, MPA, senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute; and Sarah Haight, MSW, assistant director for network and outreach at Ascend. (December 2018)