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Ascend Fellow testifies before U.S. House


March 17, 2017 Yesterday, Ascend Fellow Steven Dow testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.  Steven Dow, executive director of the Community Action Project of Tulsa (CAP Tulsa) spoke about the success of Tulsa’s innovative early childhood program, which includes a mix of federal…

The Balancing Act


This blog is adapted from Ariel Ventura Lazo’s remarks on January 25 at the Aspen Forum on Children and Families, which brought together policymakers, parents, practitioners, researchers, and philanthropists to lift up a set of solid ideas for investing in the economic stability and educational success of children and families. I am a first generation…

How Head Start Took Me From the Couch to College


This blog is adapted from Tameka Henry’s remarks on January 25 at the Aspen Forum on Children and Families, which brought together policymakers, parents, practitioners, researchers, and philanthropists to lift up a set of solid ideas for investing in the economic stability and educational success of children and families. When I was 21, I gave…

Signals of Support Make a Difference for Parents on Campus


This blog is adapted from Amber Angel’s remarks on January 25 at the Aspen Forum on Children and Families, which brought together policymakers, parents, practitioners, researchers, and philanthropists to lift up a set of solid ideas for investing in the economic stability and educational success of children and families. Like most parents, I just want…

2Gen from the Inside Out: Mental Health and Expressive Arts at Visible Men Academy


Monique used to walk into Visible Men Academy (VMA) with her head down, avoiding eye contact as she dropped off her two grandsons.  Every day, she would enter the building looking disheveled and defeated. She spoke softly, but with an irritable and slightly hostile tone towards our front desk team. She would say things like,…

Three Things We Know Work for Children and Families


People across the country are wondering what the next years will mean for their children, families, and communities. While these are complicated times, we should take heart in the fact that there are resilient and passionate leaders across the country who are raring to go for the well-being of America’s families. Concrete opportunities to bring…