We are thrilled to announce we will be going to Seattle for the 8th annual Ready by 21 National Meeting, April 23-25, 2019. We hope you will join us!



Localities must develop the capacity to rigorously identify, track, analyze, and forecast funding sources and funding needs for services that support children and youth. Even in the smallest communities there is a tangled web of small and large funding streams that support children and youth, so it is important to establish a baseline of investments available.

In this section, we summarize and link to webinars, articles, reports, blog posts and examples of cities and counties finding the resources that can be draw on to support children and youth. We hope these resources provide inspiration and ideas to other localities seeking to do more in this area.



Mapping Public Resources for Youth & Families. Fiscal mapping is a first step toward identifying and coordinating resources for greater impact. This recorded webinar highlights local communities’ approaches to fiscal mapping as a way to align resources with overarching policy and program goals.



Sample Fiscal Maps


Adding it Up – Brochure, Rationale and Guide to Mapping Public Resources for Children, Youth & Families. These resources explain why, how and what behind creating a CYF resource map, and why a state or community might benefit from one. An introduction to fiscal mapping for decision makers, the brochure, rationale and guide set the stage for what’s involved in the process of creating and implementing an effective CYF resource map and provide a framework for understanding both the benefits and challenges of doing this well.

Connecting the Dots: A Guide to Leveraging Federal Funding StreamsCommunities looking to draw down federal funding for place-based, cross-systems collaborative work to improve cradle-to-career supports for children and youth may find ‘Connecting the Dots’ useful. This organizational tool is designed to provide communities with the data and information necessary to get a clear picture of the federal funding resources they are already accessing, those available to fill gaps in their communities, and how to choose among and access 120 programs across 7 federal agencies. This tool not only contains information on the purpose and characteristics of these federal funding opportunities but provides a user guide that may help communities use the tool most effectively.

Use this checklist for action to assess your next steps in identifying, tracking, analyzing, and forecasting funding sources and funding needs to support children and youth.