Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents

Investing in the postsecondary success of students who are parents is one of the most effective strategies for accelerating their economic and social mobility, addressing longstanding inequalities, and building state and local economies. Public sector agencies and their partners can build supportive pathways for student parents toward meaningful degrees and credentials that lead to careers with better pay and benefits.   …

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BlogSeptember 16, 2020
Although the COVID-19 pandemic threw off the day-to-day lives of people across the country, that did not stop nonprofits, health and human services, workforce programs, higher education professionals and more from creating rapid response services to support student parents. The Ascend National Advisors, a cohort of 23 leaders providing supports for student parents and inform …

Ascend National Advisors are Taking Action to Combat COVID-19 and Support Student Parents Read More »

BlogAugust 24, 2020
Students who are parents are all too familiar with unpredictability. Whether they have to bring their kid to class because their child care fell through or need to stay late at the library to use free WiFi because they lost access at home, student parents are shapeshifters who find a way when it seems like …

Parent Voice During a Pandemic: Ascend PSP Parent Advisors Share Their Quarantine Stories Read More »

BlogAugust 24, 2020
Back to School Event
Governors, mayors, and families are on the front lines of communities coping with changes in the pandemic world. As the school year begins, the Aspen Institute turns to representatives of these three groups to ask: How can we support students and families in this unprecedented school year? On August 26, Ascend and the Aspen Education …

Virtual Discussion: How Communities and Political Leaders Can Support Schools This Year Read More »

BlogAugust 21, 2020
The Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents (PSP) Initiative is a partnership with Imaginable Futures and the ECMC Foundation to raise awareness about and share recommendations to better support students who are parents. The PSP Initiative is informed by three groups of experts from across the United States: Parent Advisors, National Advisors, and the Postsecondary Leadership Circle for Parents. The 2020 – …

Introducing the 2020-2021 Ascend PSP National Advisors Read More »

BlogAugust 19, 2020
Nobody is prepared for a pandemic. The world has experienced that firsthand over the past six months, and Family Scholar House (FSH) has been no different. When all this began in March, our leadership team gathered together to brainstorm for the worst-case scenarios, the supplies we would need, and how we would continue to deliver …

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BlogAugust 18, 2020