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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…

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…

Engaging Fathers in Child Support: From a Punitive to Supportive Approach


Most of us cringe when we hear the label “Deadbeat Dad” or other terminology that presumes absent parents are uncaring parents. These labels conjure all kinds of negative ideas and images of a non-custodial father who has no means of providing for his children and cares little for them. That perception is reflected in traditional…

2018 Solutions Series


In 2018, Ascend is laser-focused on providing concrete, actionable solutions for practitioners and policymakers that want to incorporate a whole family approach to their work. The Solutions Series is a collection of briefs, webinars, and convenings that elevate the top opportunities and actionable solutions to move children and their parents toward educational success and economic…