An Interview with Anne Mosle on 2Gen and Sarasota


In March, Ascend at the Aspen Institute co-hosted a daylong 2Gen Summit with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for the second year running. The Community Foundation has embraced the two-generation (2Gen) approach, making Sarasota a bright spot for 2Gen innovation. During this year’s 2Gen Summit in Sarasota, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune interviewed Ascend’s Executive Director…

Reducing the Cliff Effect to Support Working Families


Across the country, families of all financial backgrounds struggle to pay for child care given it is one of the largest items in the household budget. For low-income working families, the cost can be unaffordable without financial assistance through a child care tuition subsidy. Current eligibility policies can provide hardship for families striving to increase…

Accelerating 2Gen Approaches at Educare: A Brief from Ascend at the Aspen Institute


Download: Accelerating 2Gen Approaches at Educare: A Brief from Ascend at the Aspen Institute To identify new opportunities to expand 2Gen, the Buffett Early Childhood Fund launched its Acceleration grants, an experiment designed to inspire innovation and promote connection across the Educare Learning Network. In 2015, the rst Acceleration grant was awarded to Sheltering Arms…

Ascend Fellows: A Diversity of 2Gen Expertise


Ascend Fellows are visionary leaders who come from a variety of backgrounds and bring expertise from different sectors and disciplines to the Fellowship. Here is a selection of their publications and case studies. Publications: Two Open Windows: Infant and Parent Neurobiologic Change: by Ascend Fellow Dr. Sarah Enos Watamura explores new research on parent brain…

A Chance for Dropouts, Young and Old, to Go Back to School


Earlier this month, the New York Times profiled Excel Center students, teachers, and the Goodwill representatives that oversee the schools on the impact the program has had on improving the lives of adults with low-incomes seeking a high school education. Betsy Delgado, Ascend Fellow and vice president for mission and education initiatives at Goodwill of…

Valuing Children, Valuing Work: A Conversation with Governor John Hickenlooper


“You’re never going to have a strong economy if you don’t have a strong community that supports families in poverty” -Governor John Hickenlooper “[There are] two ways out of poverty for a family: one is to win the lottery; the second is a job. But getting a job isn’t enough, it’s about getting a good-paying…