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

California Child Welfare Council

Colorado 9 to 25
Colorado Early Childhood Leadership Commission

Connecticut Commission on Children
Connecticut Early Childhood Cabinet

Florida (2016 profile)
Florida Children and Youth Cabinet

Hawaii State Legislature's Keiki Caucus

Illinois P-20 Council
Illinois Early Learning Council

Iowa (2015 profile)
Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development Council
• Iowa Early Childhood Iowa State Board

Kansas (2017 profile)
Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund

Kentucky Early Childhood Advisory Council/Governor's Office of Early Childhood

Louisiana (2015 profile)
Louisiana Early Childhood Care and Education Advisory Council
• Louisiana Children’s Cabinet
• Louisiana Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board

Maryland (2015 profile)
Maryland Children’s Cabinet

Minnesota Children’s Cabinet

• Mississippi Interagency Coordinating Council for Children and Youth

Coordinating Board for Early Childhood
• Children's Services Commission

• Montana Best Beginnings Advisory Council

North Carolina 
North Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council

• Nebraska Children's Commission
• Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council

Nevada P-20W Council

New Hampshire
Spark New Hampshire Early Childhood Advisory Council

New Jersey
New Jersey Council for Young Children

New York (2017 profile)
New York State Council on Children and Families
New York Early Childhood Advisory Council

Ohio Family and Children First Cabinet Council

Oklahoma Strengthening Custody and Transition Advisory Team
Oklahoma State Child Welfare Collaborative
Oklahoma State Advisory Team

Oregon Youth Development Council

Pennsylvania (2015 profile)
State Leadership and Management Team for the Pennsylvania System of Care Partnership

Rhode Island
The Rhode Island Children's Cabinet
Rhode Island Early Learning Council

Tennessee (2015 profile)
Tennessee Children’s Cabinet
Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
Tennessee Young Child Wellness Council
Tennessee Youth Transitions Advisory Council

Texas Children's Policy Council

Vermont Children and Family Council for Prevention
Vermont Building Bright Futures State Advisory Council

Virginia (2017 profile)
Virginia Governor's Children's Cabinet

Washington Graduation: A Team Effort
Washington the Early Learning Advisory Council

Wisconsin Secretary’s Advisory Council on Child Welfare

West Virginia
Early Childhood Advisory Council of West Virginia
West Virginia Commission to Study Residential Placement of Children