ASCEND Produced

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.

Bold Ideas for Families


This two-pager highlights principles and solutions from two Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community publications: the Principles and Innovations to Drive Family Prosperity report, and Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community Index.

Aspen Institute Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative Advisors Booklet


The Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents (PSP) Initiative is a partnership with Imaginable Futures and the ECMC Foundation to raise awareness about and share recommendations to better support students who are parents. The PSP Initiative is informed by three groups of experts from across the United States: Parent Advisors, National Advisors, and the Postsecondary Leadership…

Aspen Early Childhood and Health Forum Brief


This brief highlights innovative ideas for improving access to family supports and services, blending and braiding national and state-level funding sources to promote a coherent statewide focus on early childhood, and addressing ongoing challenges surrounding data collection and governance. More than ideas, the strategies presented here are real examples of systems and programs that are…

Leadership in Action: An Anthology from the Aspen Institute Colorado Children and Families Fellowship


It is our pleasure to share this collection of leadership briefs from the inspiring leaders who make up the first cohort of the Aspen Institute Colorado Children and Families Fellowship. This journey began with a question: What would it take to make Colorado the best place to have a child and raise a thriving family? 

Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative Success in Workforce Programs for Parents


This brief shares insights from the conversation that offer space to consider changes needed in workforce development policies and practices to be more supportive of parents. By sharing these perspectives, Ascend hopes other practitioners, policymakers, and researchers will use these ideas to identify and address similar gaps in their own efforts.