Ascend 2Gen Survey.

This tool is designed to help policymakers, practitioners, and researchers in the human services, early care and education, post-secondary education, health, and workforce development fields to deepen their understanding of Two Generation practices and policies. In all of these fields, innovative practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and thought leaders have been designing and implementing the “2Gen” approach, and this survey is based on their promising practices, policies, and programs and their lessons learned. It allows you to compare your thinking and actions with what is being tried across the U.S., and perhaps will inspire you to try new things.

Your responses to each item will be kept confidential. But data from all respondents will be aggregated and used to help Ascend and its Network Partners develop useful information, tools, and other products and services for others following a 2Gen path.

Ascend Early Childhood and 2Gen Survey.

This tool is designed to help early care and education (ECE) practitioners, policymakers, researchers, educators, and other professionals to deepen their understanding of Two-Generation policies and practices. A 2Gen approach provides the parents of children that ECE organizations serve with adult education and training for jobs and careers, and other support to improve their economic self-sufficiency. These innovations help parents to enhance and protect their children’s gains from participating in early care and education programs and, as a result, help ECE programs to improve their outcomes for children.

This survey is based on the promising practices, policies, and programs implemented by a number of ECE organizations and on lessons learned by researchers, policymakers, and thought-leaders in the field. It allows users to compare their thinking and actions with what is being tried across the U.S., and perhaps will inspire them to try new things.

Ascend Higher Education and 2Gen Survey.

This tool is designed to help community colleges’ governing boards, administrators, directors of support services and student-parent organizations, faculty, researchers, students, partners, funders, and local government leaders to deepen their understanding of of Two-Generation policies and practices. A 2Gen approach at a community college can include providing student-parents with childcare and family-support services, designing academic and college life and career pathways for their unique needs, and offering them a “family friendly” campus. These innovations help student parents to improve their education and economic achievement while simultaneously enhancing their children’s development and opportunities. And they help community colleges to improve their own high-priority outcomes: increased access to higher education, student retention, and completion of degrees and certificates, particularly by low-income students.