ASCEND Produced

Strategies and Innovations that Support Student Parents: Confirm Parenting Status and Assess Barriers to Completion


Student parents are on every postsecondary campus across the country – in-person and online – but are rendered invisible by current data practices. Institutions must first identify the population of need, determine the appropriate next steps, and use this report as a guide for potential interventions.

Strategies and Innovations that Support Student Parents: Add High-Quality Non-Degree Pathways for Parents


Parents who want to improve their economic opportunity through education often encounter scheduling conflicts, child care challenges, and other major obstacles that high-quality, non-degree programs can help them overcome. Access to more flexible pathways creates opportunities for parents to develop the skills needed to participate in the workforce and obtain economic security while recognizing and…

Strategies and Innovations that Support Student Parents: Create Networks for Parents to Eliminate Social Stigma


Students who are parents need access to networks to create social capital and to achieve their goals, such as completion of a postsecondary credential and ensuring access to the job market after graduation.

Strategies and Innovations that Support Student Parents: Identify Mental Health and Well-being Interventions


Addressing mental health and trauma is a persistent concern for students who are parents. While more research is needed to understand the specific mental health needs of students who are parents, it is clear that mental health challenges including depression and anxiety can be a barrier to both academic and parental success.

Strategies and Innovations that Support Student Parents: Provide Financial Supports Responsive to Parents


A lack of financial resources has long been cited as a barrier to furthering and completing postsecondary education for all students. For students who are parents, however, awareness of and access to financial supports could mean the difference between stopping school to work or continuing their studies.

Principles and Innovations to Drive Family Prosperity


This report from the Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community shares: principles and solutions that can advance the economic success and well-being of children and families; highlights insights and solutions coming out of Family Prosperity; and shares innovative approaches being used by employers and implemented through local, state, and federal policy.