There are techniques localities can use to strengthen the local funding landscape and ensure that they are efficiently and effectively using all available resources to meet the needs of their children and youth. Cities and counties are creatively blending and braiding funds, seeking waivers, revisiting how they allocate funds, coordinating with other agencies and leveraging private resources to make a complete funding picture for children and youth.
In this section, we summarize and link to webinars, articles, reports, blog posts and examples of cities and counties aligning the resources they currently have for better use. We hope these resources provide inspiration and ideas to other localities seeking to do more to align their investments.
Is a Children’s Cabinet right for your Mayor and County Executive? The Forum for Youth Investment, the National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties hosted a webinar to help cities and counties explore whether a children's cabinet is right for them. Across the nation, county and municipal leaders are aligning multiple agencies to develop better policies, procedures and programmatic efforts to support the success of children, youth and their families. The webinar explored options for coordinating such activities through a children's cabinet. The webinar featured two models: the Denver Mayor's Children's Cabinet and the Fairfax County Successful Children and Youth Policy Team.
The Ready by 21 Policy Alignment Series. This series helps policy makers ensure that new child and youth policies align with existing efforts to create a more seamless system of supports. The series includes the guide, an overview and rationale, and a toolkit that provides concrete examples of specific policy language that can be used when drafting or amending legislation.
Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) hub. The Performance Partnership Pilots - commonly referred to as P3 - allows selected local, tribal and state agencies the opportunity to enter into an agreement with the federal government that will grant broad flexibility in how the site uses discretionary federal funds to achieve significant improvements for disconnected youth. The P3 Hub provides resources and ideas related to flexibility and alignment of funding streams.
Use this checklist for action to ensure your community is doing all it can to allocate, manage, coordinate and account for funding within and across programs and systems to get the best possible outcomes for children and youth.