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!
|Department of Labor Hosts Webinar on the Recovery Act||
On April 16, the Department of Labor held the webinar "Shared Vision for Youth: Federal Partnership Presentation on Recovery Act Funds for Youth (Selected Programs)" to highlight the funding in the Recovery Act that will impact youth and youth programming.
|Children's Cabinet Network Call Materials||
The following documents are referenced during the February 4 Children's Cabinet Network Call.
|State Children's Cabinets and Councils Series||
The State Children's Cabinets and Councils Series, a set of reports intended to capture and organize the decisions and experiences of more than 20 children's cabinets and councils and present them against an emerging set of expectations about what the public and policy makers could and should expect from them.
|New Mexico: Children’s Cabinet Report Card: Growing Our Future, Together 2008||
The Children’s Cabinet is a working group of the 14 departments that work closely on children’s issues. These departments include a wide range of state agencies, such as: Youth and Families Department, Human Service Department, Department of Health, Public Education, Higher Education, Corrections, Workforce Solutions, and even Economic Development and Cultural Affairs.
|Forum Works with State Teams Across the Country to Improve Youth Policy||
The Forum, along with the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, recently completed the Fourth Annual Youth Policy Institute. The Institutes bring together state policymakers and are designed to help state governments obtain better outcomes from their youth policies and programs.
|Kentucky: Youth Development Coordinating Council, Strategic Plan 2008-10||
The Kentucky Youth Development Coordinating Council was created to allow all youth serving state programs to work together to use existing resources more efficiently and improve services and outcomes with focus on: coordination, accountability, quality, and opportunities.
|Forum Testifies For Tennessee Children and Youth Resource Mapping Bill||
As a part of the Ready by 21 national partnership agreement between the Forum and the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Forum agrees to support state legislators as they work to implement a Ready by 21 approach in their states.
|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.
|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.
|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.