Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative

WEBINAR: Success in Workforce Programs for Parents


For the parents who make up nearly one-third of the U.S. civilian workforce, accessing quality jobs and increasing their economic mobility is critical to ensuring all families thrive. There are several types of investments in workforce and workforce development programs aimed at helping workers obtain the skills needed to secure quality jobs. However, these supports often fail to…

New Brief: Success in Workforce Programs for Parents


Parents bring different motivations, conditions, and requirements into the workforce development equation. To best serve them, these fundamental differences and needs must be taken into consideration. Parents’ voices are essential to developing systems and services that are flexible and meet a variety of needs. A fundamental, baseline condition for providing optimal supports and a maximum…

WEBINAR: Postsecondary Success for Justice-Involved Individuals


The REAL Act was reintroduced in the House in April of this year, signaling a renewed interest in the postsecondary success of all members of society. In May, Ascend released two publications: the Father Factor: A Critical Link in Building Family Prosperity and a Parents in College: By the Numbers fact sheet. The brief unpacked questions like: What situations and…

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Candidates, Listen to Families: Three Recommendations from a Parent


I am a teacher, a student, a mother, and an advisor. I also grew up in poverty. When I joined a two-generation program called JeffCo Prosperity Project (JPP) that supports children from Head Start to graduation, I did it to help other families – but ended up finding myself in the process. I was asked…

New Fact Sheet and Mental Health Brief: Understanding and Supporting Student Parents


With 22 percent of the undergraduate student population comprised of parents with children, policymakers and institutions must explore the unique needs of this population and address the challenges that may prevent parents from attaining their degree. This includes determining what systems, services, and approaches best support their mental health needs. As part of the Aspen Postsecondary…

Social Capital Leads to Postsecondary Innovation


A “Basic Principles of Business Administration” textbook open on the table, a curious toddler – with a newfound interest in insects – in her lap, and a community of Parent Advisors supporting her education goals. This was the pathway to postsecondary inclusion and success envisioned by Ascend with the launch of the Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents (PSP) Initiative on November 1, 2018: students who are parents supported…