Children's Cabinet Network
Children's Cabinets are systematically changing the fragmented ways that state and local governments do business for children and youth. Sometimes known as councils or commissions, Children's Cabinets are typically made up of the heads of all government agencies with child- and youth-serving programs. They meet regularly to coordinate services, develop a common set of outcomes, and collaboratively decide upon and implement plans to foster the well-being of young people.
The Children’s Cabinet Network, managed by the Forum, is the only national network of policy coordinating bodies for children and youth (Children’s Cabinets, P-20 Councils, Early Childhood Advisory Councils). Members of the Network share best practices and learn more about tools that focus on bringing efficiency and effectiveness to their efforts to improve outcomes for young people.
The Children's Cabinet Network offers:
- monthly peer-to-peer conference calls on topics identified by Network members
- regular updates on federal funding opportunities
- publications on topics of interest to Children’s Cabinets
- technical assistance, meeting facilitation and coaching on projects like children’s budgets
- convenings, such as roundtable discussions, trainings and meetings with federal policymakers
2015 Child and Youth Coordinating Bodies in the U.S.
Participating Coordinating Bodies