Four Outstanding Projects Selected for Ascend Impact Fund


Four outstanding organizations and partnerships have been selected to receive flexible grant funding to accelerate their work moving children and families with low incomes toward educational success, economic security, and health and well-being. Ascend Impact Fund awardees are: Association of Children’s Museums and Center for Community Resilience Center for Urban Families, Early Childhood Innovation Network,…

Investing in Futures Means Investing in Families: Announcing the Two-Generation Prenatal to Three Learning and Action Community


The COVID-19 pandemic has made more evident than ever the need to transform policies, practice, and systems to build upon the inherent resilience of families – especially those with low incomes and from BIPOC communities. The challenge and opportunity to rebuild systems and help families recover is why Ascend launched the Two-Generation Prenatal to Three…

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…