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Great Quotes on Slaying Poverty


We are so grateful to all of the people who offered so much wisdom over the course of our two days together for the Aspen Forum on Children and Families. From parents and neuroscientists to presidential appointees and social workers–it felt like they all pushed further into the complex and deeply worthwhile questions of how…

Financial Empowerment Experiments to Watch


The Ascend Network is full of innovators who are boldly and creatively architecting solutions to change the financial dynamic that changes family dynamics. Here are a few we recommend following: Magnolia Mothers Trust: Ascend fellow Aisha Nyandoro is leading this first-of-its kind effort to give black mothers a guaranteed income. In a black community in…

Building 2Gen Proof Points: New Research on CAP Tulsa


Northwestern University and the University of Texas, Austin have partnered with Ascend to release new findings from long-term studies of CareerAdvance┬«, developed and run by the Community Action Project of Tulsa County (CAP Tulsa): a model two-generation (2Gen) intervention that pairs early childhood education for children with career pathway training in the health care sector for…

3 Surprises About How Parenting Affects Your Brain


According to Ascend fellow Dr. Sarah Watamura, and the research of some of her colleagues at Stress Early Experience & Development Research Center, it’s not just your life that is permanently changed by parenthood, but also your brain. We partnered with her on this easy-to-read report on it. Meanwhile, check out some of the surprises…

Parents’ Perspectives Launch 2019 Aspen Forum on Children and Families


The 2Gen movement is being enlivened by a range of cutting-edge approaches to ending poverty so families can thrive: human-centered design, collective impact processes, even neurological research. So what makes the biggest difference? Dr. Raquel Hatter, Managing Director of Human Services at the Kresge Foundation, and the moderator for our first panel, believes it’s simple:…

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Survey: Americans increasingly support two-generation programs for families


According to 2018 election eve survey research by Lake Research Partners, two-generation programs have seen increasing public support since 2012 across party lines. In the most recent survey, 86 percent of Americans believe that if we want to make sure children from families with low incomes are successful in their early learning, then we also…