Ascend Fellows Leading for Impact


The summer months brought little relief for families and communities acutely impacted by ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and high profile cases of police brutality in BIPOC communities. As families did their best stay afloat, Ascend Fellows were hard at work building bridges. One example is 2018 Fellows’ joint call for a new social…

Here’s to Warriors and Weavers for Care


Ascend is honored that our Executive Director Anne Mosle has been named to the Holding Co.’s CARE 100 List, a first-of-its-kind list of the people doing the most to re-imagine and re-humanize our care system. We are even more overjoyed to see so many of our Ascend Fellows, Network partners, Parent Advisors, philanthropic partners, and…

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Is an Opportunity to Reexamine History and Reimagine Our Future


Several cities, states, and municipalities across the US now use the second Monday in October to honor and celebrate Native American history, cultures, and communities. As America grapples with structural racism and the coronavirus pandemic, Indigenous Peoples’ Day offers us an opportunity to reflect on how Native traditions and teachings can offer guidance on how…

Child Care is Critical to Getting the Economy Moving Again


This interview is part of the Aspen Institute’s In Focus: Equity in Education multimedia series. Like so many states, the COVID-19 pandemic has delivered a blow to South Carolina’s child care infrastructure. According to the Build It Back Better Survey, 62 percent of the state was considered a child care desert when temporary closures due…

An Evidence-Based Approach to Child Support


Record levels of job loss, economic instability, and family isolation during the pandemic have raised the child support policy stakes for fathers, families, and communities. Through careful and rigorous research, we know that there is a better way to approach child support policy to build strong families and communities. Across the country – states, counties, and tribes…

Transforming Child and Family Mental Health in Washington, DC


Physical and mental health and well-being are core components of the two-generation approach that builds family well-being by intentionally and simultaneously working with children and the adults in their lives to move whole families toward educational success, economic security, and health and well-being. Childhood trauma, for instance, has lasting health and social consequences. Similarly, economic…