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Cliff Effect Messaging Guide


Minimum wage increase proposals are a positive step forward for families with low income, but only if done concurrently with reforms that take account of the potential impacts on families’…

State of the Field: Two-Generation Approaches to Family Well-Being


State of the Field: Two-Generation Approaches to Family Well-Being analyzes what has been accomplished, the lessons learned, and the opportunities ahead with unprecedented federal expenditures in social policy. The report comes…

Parent Voices at the Center – Webpage Guide


A Toolkit for navigating and utilizing Ascend’s Parent Voices webpage. The most important aspect of moving families toward prosperity is meeting families where they are and dream. On this site, the blogs, interviews, surveys, and…

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…

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…

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…