Parents know what researchers have documented: Education, especially postsecondary education, is the most promising path for families toward this economic stability because it can lead to jobs and careers with living wages to support their families and make their children’s lives better.

After announcing a new partnership with Omidyar Network and two reports that lift up recommendations for policymakers and practitioners working to advance solutions for student parents, Ascend held a webinar – “Achieving Postsecondary Success for Parents: A New Partnership and Report Recommendations” – to share¬†more about the new project, findings from initial reports, and upcoming publications to be released in 2019.


  • Kristin Bernhard, Ascend Fellow; Deputy Commissioner for System Reform, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
  • Marni Roosevelt, Director, Los Angeles Valley College Family Resource Center
  • Vinice Davis, Venture Partner, Omidyar Network
  • Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin, Parent Advisor, Ascend; Chief of Housing Community Activities, New York City Housing Authority

Check out the webinar recording on our GoTo channel here.

Speakers provided an overview of the Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative and highlighted the partnership with Omidyar Network, presented recommendations for leveraging the two-generation approach to support parents in postsecondary practice and policy, and elevated student parent voice and perspectives of model strategies supporting postsecondary success for parents.