ASCEND Produced

Parent Voices – What’s in a Word: Family Well-Being


Ascend, working with Lake Research Partners, conducted 12 online focus groups of parents across race, ethnicity, and geography in fall 2020 to ask parents with young children how they were experiencing this unique moment in our history and language that could describe families’ hopes, goals, dreams, and challenges. Across groups, the parents had a robust…

Parent Voices – What’s in a Word?


For policies and programs to be effective, it is essential to listen to the voices, perspectives, and language of people whose lives are most impacted by them. To capture those perspectives, Ascend, working with Lake Research Partners, conducted 12 online focus groups of parents across race, ethnicity, and geography in fall 2020 to ask parents…

Parent Voices – What’s in a Word: “Family Prosperity”


To many parents “family prosperity” means success. It invoked thoughts of the family succeeding as a whole, and success carrying on for generations.”Prosperity” means having the resources to achieve success and growth, keeping things together for as long as they can, and keeping their families safe.

Parent Voices – What’s in a Word: “Ascending”


Parents think the word “ascending” means coming together, rising up, moving forward, seeking growth or a common goal, getting an education, creating a better future for their kids than the life they had, and doing better than the previous generation.

Aligning Systems: Aspen Early Childhood Development and Health Forums, 2017–2020


The brief provides an overview of lessons learned and new innovations to inform and support a comprehensive early childhood system and advance federal efforts to align early childhood and health systems in order to strengthen family outcomes across agencies. It was informed by a series of convenings that gathered early childhood policy, practice, and funding…

2Gen Outcomes Bank


The 2Gen Outcomes Bank is designed to help capture and organize the outcomes, research, tools, and evidence base for two-generation approaches, strategies, and programs. Within the database, you will find outcomes, indicators, and research organized by child, parent, and family across the core 2Gen components of education, economic assets, health and well-being, and social capital.…