Reimagining Child Welfare
Reimagine Child Welfare

This interactive report interrogates the systems, practices, and policies that contribute to disparities and poor outcomes for children, families, and communities.

2022 I&I Report
Our Impact & Inspiration Report

Meet inspiring leaders and learn about innovative solutions from the Ascend community. 

Innovation Abound
Family Prosperity Innovations Abound

This compendium surfaces effective strategies to accelerate social and economic mobility for working families with low incomes.

PSP Leadership Playbook
Tap the Talents of Student Parents

Check out this playbook which identifies five promising strategies that support the unique needs of student parents.

Child Trends
New 2Gen Family Research

Groundbreaking analysis of families paints a richer portrait of the state of families in America.

ECD Report
A new future for early childhood leadership

Download our new report Toward a More Equitable Tomorrow: A Landscape Analysis of Early Childhood Leadership.

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Ascend At The Aspen Institute

Ascend at the Aspen Institute is a catalyst and convener for diverse leaders working across systems and sectors to build intergenerational family prosperity and well-being by intentionally focusing on children and the adults in their lives together. We believe in the power of co-creation. We are a community of leaders — well-connected, well-prepared, and well-positioned — to build the political will that transforms hearts, minds, policies, and practices.

1 in 5 Podcast
1 in 5: The Student Parent Podcast

Today, more than one in five college students in the US are parents. Our '1 in 5' podcast vividly profiles students who are parents pursuing their education while raising a family and working. Throughout the series, student parents share their journeys raising a family, working, and navigating challenges while pursuing a postsecondary degree. These experiences of students who are parents should not be unfamiliar or unheard, especially on college campuses.

Employer Principles
Four Employer Principles for family prosperity

Comprehensive, integrated, and fair policies for workers are critical not only for parents, caregivers, and their children, but they’re essential for businesses and communities to thrive. Sign on to the principles to join the acknowledge the shared goal of achieving good jobs for all parents and caregivers, especially those with low incomes.

National Network
National Ascend Network

The Ascend Network connects cross-sector organizations from across the country that are using the two-generation (2Gen) approach to create a society where all families can reach their full potential. These leaders, who are most proximate to communities and know families’ needs and potential, implement the 2Gen model at scale so parents and children can grow their talents and and skills.

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Ascend Convenings

Date: April 12, 2023
Location: Virtual
Connect with fellow virtual attendees for a live discussion about 2Gen Framing moderated by Shilpi Niyogi in conversation with Julie Sweetland, Senior Advisor, FrameWorks Institute. The discussion will be followed by light Q&A....
ConveningApril 12, 2023
Date: April 12, 2023
Location: Washington, DC & Virtual
Since 2012, Ascend has nurtured 2Gen solutions in Aspen’s own neighborhood, growing a Network of leaders and partners in Colorado and the District of Columbia with a focus on capacity-building, collaboration, and community impact. Here, leaders...
ConveningApril 12, 2023
Date: April 12, 2023
Location: Washington, DC & Virtual
On Day 1 we focused on what it takes to move the needle for families with low incomes. Join us for a robust Day 2, in which we will focus on bold, equitable, and pragmatic strategies for building prosperity and well-being for all families. Now is the...
ConveningApril 12, 2023

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