Ascend Publications

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.

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 leaders to discuss and advance local, state, and federal systems that impact children, families, and two-generation health and development.

The term student parent refers to undergraduate students with children under the age of 18 years. The purpose of this literature review is to present the JED team with a synthesis of the scholarship and an overview of the primary source materials relevant to the mental health challenges of this particular college community.

State 2Gen Model: Maryland as a Case Study for Policymakers

This case study captures Maryland’s 2Gen approach from community innovation to statewide policy adoption. It lifts up local strategies such as common intake practices, creative partnerships with community colleges, supportive housing, workforce development, and Kinship Navigators (supporting family caregivers for children whose parents are temporarily or permanently unable to fulfill their parenting obligations) serving as socio-economic mobility coaches. At the same time, the need to address the cliff-effect (a steep loss in public benefits due to often modest increases in income from employment) now permeates public sector policymaking and collaboration across state agencies.

2Gen Platforms for Scale: Whole-Family Approaches Rooted in Community with National Reach

This report captures insights and lessons of the pioneering practitioners leading Community Action Agencies, women’s funds, community colleges, Head Start programs, and workforce development boards.

Making Tomorrow Better Together: Process Outcomes and Measures for 2Gen Organizational Change

The purpose of this guidebook is to help organization and agency leaders set goals and develop measures to track their progress and achievement of 2Gen change. The introduction begins with definitions of key terms used throughout the guidebook, then provides a brief history of the 2Gen approach and describes lessons learned that inform today’s “2Gen 2.0” efforts. It continues with discussions of the 2Gen continuum of policy and systems change, the role of organizational change in achieving parent and child outcomes, and stages of organizational collaboration.