Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative

Building a Packet for Success


This op-ed was published on October 28, 2020 by Higher Learning Advocates. Back to school shopping should be an exciting time for many children and parents. Yet, for families that have to decide between a pack of binders or a pack of diapers for the week, it can be an extremely stressful time. COVID-19 has changed…

Aspen Institute Announces First-Ever Parent Powered Solutions Fund Grantees


Contact: Alexis Williams Ascend at the Aspen Institute Alexis.Williams@aspeninstitute.org   Aspen Institute Announces First-Ever Parent Powered Solutions Fund Awardees  Parent Leaders Select Six Organizations Championing College Success for  Undergraduate Students Raising Children  Washington, DC – Today, Ascend at the Aspen Institute announced the recipients of the Aspen Parent Powered Solutions Fund – the first student parent-led fund dedicated to advancing the work of organizations and initiatives that support…

While Going Remote, Colleges Forgot That Many Students Are Also Parents


This op-ed was published on September 3, 2020 by The Aspen Institute as a follow up to Yoslin Amaya Hernandez’s story from April 21, 2020. We thought this would all be over by summer. But with spring in the rearview mirror, it became clear that the warmer months would hardly bring respite. We were staring down a tunnel…

RFP Submission Guidelines for the Aspen Policy Acceleration Partnership Grants 


Investing in the postsecondary success of students who are parents is one of the most effective strategies for accelerating their economic and social mobility, addressing longstanding inequalities, and building state and local economies. Public sector agencies and their partners can build supportive pathways for student parents toward meaningful degrees and credentials that lead to careers with better pay and benefits.  …

Ascend National Advisors are Taking Action to Combat COVID-19 and Support Student Parents


Although the COVID-19 pandemic threw off the day-to-day lives of people across the country, that did not stop nonprofits, health and human services, workforce programs, higher education professionals and more from creating rapid response services to support student parents. The Ascend National Advisors, a cohort of 23 leaders providing supports for student parents and inform…

Parent Voice During a Pandemic: Ascend PSP Parent Advisors Share Their Quarantine Stories


Students who are parents are all too familiar with unpredictability. Whether they have to bring their kid to class because their child care fell through or need to stay late at the library to use free WiFi because they lost access at home, student parents are shapeshifters who find a way when it seems like…