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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…

What Parents Talk About When They Talk About Learning:  A National Survey About Young Children and Science


Image source: Education Development Center and SRI International CPB-PBS Ready to Learn Initiative just released a first of its kind survey on more than 1,400 parents of children ages 3-6 about their attitudes, beliefs and practices related to early learning. What Parents Talk About When They Talk About Learning:  A National Survey About Young Children…

Evidence-Based Home Visiting Boosts Mobility from Poverty


Ascend’s Morgridge Innovator in Residence, Roxane White, has co-authored a new report with Heather Sandstrom as part of the U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty. The report, “Scale Evidence-Based Home Visiting Programs to Reduce Poverty and Improve Health,” showcases the benefits evidence-based home visiting programs provide to families with low incomes. Early childhood home visiting, an…

Announcing: Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community


The unemployment rate is lower than it has been for many years and working parents are and have been key contributors to our nation’s economic growth. With that, we must fully recognize that America’s workforce has changed dramatically over several decades – almost half of all children are being raised in households in which all…

Reinventing the Way We Measure Family Outcomes


Many policies and programs in the United States target either children or their parents. Few keep the whole family in focus, and even fewer have mastered the complex task of measuring outcomes for families. This month, the state of Connecticut took a big step forward when its Office of Early Childhood announced a new way measure when…

Sustaining 2Gen Success During Transitions


Good leaders know when a transition is coming and work to provide a clear roadmap for the future. Transitions at the state level are felt even more acutely these days with staff turnover, retiring leadership, and 2018 gubernatorial elections on the horizon in 36 states. As state leaders think about what comes next, maintaining the…