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Ascend is pleased to offer these resources to the growing two-generation field. We kindly request that you attribute Ascend’s work by citing the publication referenced. Please email ascend.info@aspeninstitute.org with any questions. Thank you!

On October 8-9 2018, Ascend partnered with the Bezos Family Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Center for Native American Youth for the New Mexico Forum on Early Childhood Development and Family Well-Being in Albuquerque, NM. The convening brought together over 110 leaders across New Mexico to advance three goals: to inspire, provide a sense of ‘what is possible,’ and build relationships among early childhood practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and advocates across New Mexico; to recognize existing and identify best and next practices and policy opportunities that are ‘ripe’ for potential implementation; and to identify learning opportunities that inform next steps and partnerships by New Mexico early childhood leaders.

With collectively more than 100 years of policy expertise and values-based leadership between us, Ascend at the Aspen Institute and the Housing Opportunity and Services Together initiative at the Urban Institute partnered to develop a set of recommendations on how to harness assisted housing and public-private housing partnerships for better outcomes for families. By Dr. Susan Popkin, director of the Urban Institute’s HOST Initiative and Institute Fellow in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center; Elsa Falkenburger, MPA, senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute; and Sarah Haight, MSW, assistant director for network and outreach at Ascend. (December 2018)

Using a two-generation (2Gen) framework, Medicaid can be designed to support the social capital, health and well-being, educational attainment, and economic security of children and families, together, so they can maximize their health and thrive. This checklist outlines specific Medicaid policies and design choices adopted in Colorado to implement a 2Gen approach to improve the lives of children and families. By Gretchen Hammer, Colorado Medicaid Director et al. (December 2018)

The Colorado Division of Youth Services is working to transform the family experience by taking a two-generation (2Gen) approach to the services it provides. By Tony Gherardini, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Human Services. November, 2018.

Postsecondary Success for Parents_Practice

Colleges and higher education systems can make institutional policy changes to bolster the success of students who are parents and their families through intentional use of a two-generation approach. This brief focuses on traditional two-year and four-year baccalaureate pathways for students who are parents; it complements a brief released on policy solutions.

Postsecondary Success for Parents_Policy

There are opportunities for federal and state policies to better support postsecondary institutions in serving students who are parents and their families. Policymakers can incentivize partnerships, name students who are parents as special or target populations, and facilitate financial aid processes that address the needs of families. Where possible, policies can also encourage creative and innovative approaches to leveraging existing programs to facilitate access and successful completion for parenting students. These recommendations seek to promote policy changes that address the critical supports students raising children and their families need for successful completion: affordable and quality child care, financial aid, wraparound services, and workforce readiness.