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The New Mental Health Models: Stress-Reduction and Beyond


On Friday, July 14, a group of 18 thought leaders and experts came together for a strategic conversation at the Aspen Institute’s Washington office on recent research and on-the-ground interventions regarding mental health supports and interventions for families with low incomes. The Ascend Strategic Conversation on Maternal Depression and Positive Parenting is part of an…

You’re the Mom: Empowering Moms to Make Healthy Eating Fun & Easy


At ChildObesity180, we believe that effective intergenerational programming calls for a commitment to helping parents and kids build healthy habits. So much of that work starts with making healthy food and drink choices, but, with over one-third of kids in the US eating fast food every day, it’s not always easy to make the healthy…

Footwork of the Ascend Network to Spur Impact


Social capital extends beyond the personal relationships we have with our friends and family, and includes our institutional relationships as well. This web of connections among institutions helps children and families thrive, regardless of economic background. It’s this vital network of supports that is a crucial component of the two-generation field. At Ascend at the…

Success lies in 2Gen


Mignon Peters-Whitaker is a parent with Sheltering Arms / Atlanta Civic Site, an Ascend Network Partner. Sheltering Arms serves working families with high quality, affordable child care and education and comprehensive support services, and provides professional development for early childhood educators and community outreach. Sheltering arms is part of the Atlantic Civic Site, a neighborhood initiative…

2Gen Practice Institute Takeaways: Parent Engagement At Every Level


One of my main takeaways from Ascend at Tulsa was how to engage parents and give their voice meaning at every level of an organization. I was also fortunate to have a parent representative from my organization, Luz Marrow, attend the conference as well. As a 2Gen community provider, I am sure we would all…

2Gen Practice Institute Takeaways: Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc


This past April, I had the honor of attending a convening at the Aspen Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where 2Gen (two-generation)  practitioners came together and engaged in a captivating two and 1/2 day learning experience: “Learning Strategies and Advancing my Knowledge of 2gen Approaches.”  The 2Gen Practice Institute focus remained on one key goal:  Unifying…