A First Look at Family Policy in the New Administration: The Aspen Forum on Children and Families

January 24, 2017

The Aspen Institute will convene more than 150 leaders to lift up solid ideas for investing in the economic stability and educational success of families.

Lori Severens: (202) 736-2920

Maryam Kanna: (202) 721-2322

Washington, DC, January 24 – 25, 2017 – The Aspen Institute will host the Aspen Forum on Children and Families, one of 2017’s first major events focused on policies for children and families.

Ascend at the Aspen Institute will host an agenda-setting event with policymakers, practitioners, parents, researchers, and philanthropists to put forth concrete policy ideas for the new Administration, Congress, and states to move children and families forward. Featured speakers include US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), who is re-introducing the Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act with US Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), and Nobel Laureate James Heckman, who has demonstrated the return on investment in high quality early childhood programs.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 8:45 am to 4:00 pm

The Aspen Institute, One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 700, Washington, DC

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  • Jackie and Mike Bezos, Co-Founders, Bezos Family Foundation
  • Robert Doar, Morgridge Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • James Heckman, University of Chicago 
  • US Senator Martin Heinrich, New Mexico
  • Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, the Aspen Institute
  • Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners
  • Brian Nienaber, Vice President, The Tarrance Group
  • B. Pritzker, Chairman, J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation
  • Ralph Smith, Managing Director, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
  • Carla Thompson, Vice President, W.K. Kellogg Foundation 

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org

Ascend at the Aspen Institute is the national hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success, economic security, and health and well-being. Ascend takes a two-generation approach to its work to meet the needs of children and the adults in their lives together, and it embraces a gender and racial equity lens.

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