Virtual Briefing: Milestone Federal Report Drives 2Gen Momentum


States and communities are where policy translates into real life outcomes. For nearly a decade, state and local entities have leveraged various federal programs and funding streams to integrate systems and services through a 2Gen approach. This powerful momentum is bipartisan, practical, scalable and most importantly, centered around families – their needs, their experiences, and their voices.   The new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Poverty Reduction:…

New Report: Principles and Innovations to Drive Family Prosperity


The last few weeks and months have been profoundly challenging, and illuminated clearly the need for a sea change in the way our country engages with and supports families and communities with low incomes. At Ascend, we are particularly focused on deepening and elevating our efforts to address structural racism, including how systemic inequities impact…

Statement and Call to Action: Condemn Police Violence and Structural Racism


Dear Ascend Community: Ascend is committed to the work of anti-racism. Seeing and experiencing week after week what Black people and families go through, and the threat of violence they are subjected to on a daily basis, is completely unacceptable and must end. We stand against this ongoing oppression and the white supremacy that breeds…

WEBINAR: New Frames for a New Time


As the hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security, Ascend is intensifying its efforts in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic to highlight 2Gen solutions that Ascend Fellows and the Ascend Network have developed over the past decade to help families reach their potential. Ascend is examining how new solutions,…

Ascend’s COVID-19 Response


Ascend staff at our headquarters in Washington, DC are teleworking, according to Aspen Institute guidance. Ascend’s convenings have been moved to a virtual platform, postponed, or cancelled through April, and we will continue to communicate changes and updates to convening participants. We are online and checking emails, so please continue to contact us for any questions and…

Coronavirus SHEroes: Building a Better Future for Families


In a time of crisis, leaders emerge. The Harvard Business School underscored this point with an article by Professor Bill George on 10 outstanding leaders who have stepped up during the current COVID-19 pandemic. It’s especially important as we honor women leaders who have broken barriers during Women’s History Month that we also recognize women…