Ready by 21 Policy Networks
Coordinating Bodies in the U.S.
Denotes a state with a Children's Cabinet
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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!
|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.
|2007 Roundtable on Children's Cabinets and Councils||
Representatives from 11 states attended the Roundtable in April of 2007 in Des Moines, Iowa to share their experiences, ideas and challenges. Several special guests, including the Governor of Iowa, Chet Culver, the First Lady of Iowa, Mari Culver and Patricia Kempthorne, the Former First Lady of Idaho, joined the event as well.
|2008 Directory of State Children's Cabinets and Councils - June 2008 Update||
The 2008 Directory of State Children’s Cabinets and Councils provides at-a-glance responses to basic but important questions: which states have children’s cabinets and councils? Who is involved in them? What do they do? The guide provides summaries of interviews done with children’s cabinet and council directors in the latter half of 2007.
|A Governor's Guide to Children's Cabinets||
At least 16 states currently have Children's Cabinets, and all indications suggest that many others are likely to follow.
|Adding It Up -- Brochure, Rationale and Guide to Mapping Public Resources for Children, Youth & Families||
Brochure: Offering the highlights of what a CYF resource map can do, and why a state or community might benefit from one, the brochure can help you make the case and spread the word about your efforts.
|Alignment of Results Accountability (RBA) and Ready by 21||
This document represents the thinking of Mark Friedman's Fiscal Policy Studies Institute and The Forum for Youth Investment on the intersection and compatibility of the respective frameworks of Results Accountability Talk to Action and Ready by 21. The purpose of this analysis is to demonstrate the relationships between these two bodies of work.
|Audio-Conference for Governor's Policy Advisors||
Many policy advisors, chiefs of staff and even some Lt. Governors got on the phone to learn more as they think about shaping their work on children and youth.
|Children's Cabinet Network Call Materials||
The following documents are referenced during the February 4 Children's Cabinet Network Call.
|Children’s Cabinet Directors Meet with White House and Congressional Leaders||
On June 30, the Forum convened the Children's Cabinet Network in Washington, DC to meet with federal policymakers about improving coordination between state and national youth policy.
|Colorado Releases State Plan for FY 10-13||
The "State Plan for Prevention, Intervention and Treatment Services for Children and Youth" was