Ready by 21 Policy Networks
Coordinating Bodies in the U.S.
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Children's Cabinets are systematically changing the fragmented ways states do business for children and youth. Sometimes known as councils or commissions, Children's Cabinets are typically made up of the heads of all state 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 in their state.
The Children’s Cabinet Network, managed by the Forum, is the only national network of state 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 state efforts that 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
In addition, the Forum provides technical assistance to Children's Cabinets and related state policy coordinating bodies in various capacities. The Forum's areas of expertise include helping states to:
• create a Children's Cabinet
• develop common goals and shared data
• generate a statewide plan for all children and youth
• map a state's fiscal resources for young people
Want to learn more about Children's Cabinets? Thinking of creating a new one? Want to make an existing one even better? Check out our State Children's Cabinets and Councils Series!
|Improving Outcomes for Disconnected Youth||
That's the advice the Forum for Youth Investment gave the U.S. Department of Education as it sought input about effective practices and strategies to improve outcomes for disconnected youth. The department's Request for Information also asked about legislative and regulatory barriers that inhibit states and localities from serving this population as well as they could.
|What's in Your Cabinet?||
In the face of budget cuts that threaten to erode crucial supports for children and youth, some state agencies have found a promising mechanism for increasing efficiency while maintaining or even improving supports for young people: Children’s Cabinets.
|Energizing a Children’s Cabinet in Time of Change||
How do you continue the work of a children's cabinet when your state gets a new governor? Florida handled that challenge by reinvigorating its Children and Youth Cabinet with a full-day retreat.
|Groundbreaking Research on State Coordination of Child and Youth Policies||
While child and youth coordinating bodies such as Children’s Cabinets, P-20 Councils, and Early Childhood Councils are critical in providing seamless, effective and efficient services to children and youth, there is little research on them.
|Leaders Honored for Helping Youth be ‘Ready by 21’||
June 8, 2011
Washington, D.C. – At a time when budget cuts are slashing into youth programs around the country, The Forum for Youth Investment today honored policymakers who are taking action to help prepare our nation’s young people for successful adulthood.
|New Mexico Children's Cabinet 2011 Report Card & Budget Report||
The New Mexico Children's Cabinet released its 2011 Report Card & Budget Report. This is the seventh iteration of the document, which has garnered national recognition for its innovation.
|Input for the Strategic Plan for Federal Youth Policy||
The Forum responded to a request for public comment regarding the development of a national strategic plan for federal youth policy. The call was issued by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, which is chaired by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
|Maine Governor's Children's Cabinet Brochure||
Learn more about the Maine Children's Cabinet by checking out their brochure! You may read or print the brochure using the links below.
|Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development Council Brochure||
Learn more about the Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development Council by checking out their brochure! You may read or print the brochure using the links below.
|Florida's Children and Youth Cabinet Brochure||
Learn more about Florida's Children and Youth Cabinet by checking out their brochure! You may read or print the brochure using the links below.