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Louisiana: Governor's Children's Cabinet: Children's Budget Report

The Children's Cabinet is a policy office in the Office of the Governor created by Act 5 of the 1998 Extraordinary Session of the Louisiana Legislature. The Cabinet's primary function is to coordinate children's policy across the five departments that provide services for young people: Departments of Education, Health and Hospitals, Labor, Public Safety and Corrections, and Social Services.

Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #9: When School Is Out, Museums, Parks and Libraries Are In

Parks, libraries, museums and other cultural organizations represent a diverse array of assets and share a broad mission to serve their communities, however, some may not realize the roles that these institutions can and do play in supporting young people during out-of-school time hours.

Youth Program Quality Assessment and Improvement: Celebrating Progress and Surfacing Challenges, A Meeting Report

The meeting report includes summaries of presentations from the funding, research, practice and policy perspectives and featured an in-depth look at the High/Scope Foundation’s new Youth Program Quality Assessment.

Missouri: Creation of Joint-Committee on Out-of-School Programs

This bill creates the “Joint Legislative Committee on Out-of-School Programs" to make a comprehensive analysis of the quantity and quality of Missouri out-of-school programs, and make recommendations for an efficient and effective development plan to provide the opportunity for every Missouri school-age child to access quality out-of-school programs and design a system to train, mentor, an

Missouri: Creation of the Office of Comprehensive Child Mental Health

This act establishes in the Department of Mental Health, an "Office of Comprehensive Child Mental Health" to implement a comprehensive child mental health service system plan. The office shall provide oversight, support, training, and coordination with other teams in the implementation of the service system plan.

Virginia: Requires the Departments to develop and implement a mental health strategy

Strategy to address the lack of appropriate mental health treatment among Virginia's children.

Forum Focus: Revisiting Risk in the 21st Century

Pick up almost any newspaper these days and you will find a headline sounding an alarm about a serious challenge facing young people today.

Youth Today: Shutting the College Doors on Poor Youth

By Karen Pittman, February 2005

Google Alerts are wonderful, a free personalized online clipping service. At the top of my clips for the New Year was this editorial from the Desert Sun (January 2, 2005) in Palm Springs, California: “Fund your college education — apply now for financial aid: Application deadlines are looming — don’t delay any longer.”

NGA Roundtable on Children's Cabinets

Twelve Children’s Cabinet directors came together to share ideas and hear from Karen Pittman about how to better align youth policy in their states. We also had the opportunity to facilitate a Consensus Planning Day with the Maryland Governor’s Office for Children and stakeholders from throughout the state.

Youth Engagement in Educational Change: Working Definition and Self-Assessment

In order to authentically engage young people in the high school reform process youth need clear opportunities to share responsibility for their own learning and for school and community reform processes, and to connect how and what they learn in school with what they do at home and in the community.