Youth Policy News - February 2016

Febraury edition of Youth Policy News 


Youth Policy NEWS
Highlights innovative youth-focused policy work at the local, state and federal levels.
The announcement by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner of the creation of a Cabinet on Children and Youth signals the possibility for real change in how government systems collectively meet the needs of youth in the state. The governor's commitment is to build on what already exists and better organize the work already going on in the state focusing on prenatal to 24 years old. Through the Children's Cabinet Network, the Forum for Youth Investment has studied, convened and assisted government agencies for over a decade. Read more in the full press release.
Council Approves King County Children and Youth Advisory Board
As part of their continuing mission to improve the health and well-being of their children, youth and families, King County, Wash., has taken another key step and created a Children and Youth Advisory Board. The board will guide the implementation of the King County Youth Action Plan and the Best Starts for Kids initiative. Last month, the council approved the members of the board whose responsibilities are informed by the Youth Action Plan recommendations. Read more.
Join in a discussion with leading pollster Celinda Lake who will share the latest national trends in voters views on children, youth and family issues and how to fund solutions. Then she will give us a look into her world of polling and messaging and how one community is using polling to shape their campaign.  Learn some of the first things you must consider if attempting a local poll and how to use this tool to really catalyze your work. The webinar will take place on March 10 at 2 p.m. ET. To participate in the webinar, please RSVP here.
State Pre-K Funding Transcends Political Parties
Early Childhood advocates had reason to celebrate earlier this year as national trends in state preschool funding increased for the fourth-straight year. The new report from Education Commission of the States, State Pre-K Funding for 2016-16 Fiscal Year, highlights that of the 32 states that saw an increase, the majority were led by Republican governors, and total state funding for pre-K programs increased by $767 million in the 2014-15 fiscal year. 
New U.S. Education and Workforce Data
Data Quality Campaign recently expanded its website to feature a summary of state data systems in relation to education and the workforce. Each state summary page provides a wealth of information on relevant news, resources and legislation. See how your state stacks up.


Publishing Date: 
February 29, 2016