State and Local Policy Page

The Forum has had a long standing commitment to bring what we are learning on the ground in communities into federal, state and local policy deliberations.  Doing so led us to manage the Children’s Cabinet Network and learn from these state, and increasingly local, policy leaders to solve tough problems and aim toward better outcomes for children and youth. In recent years we have seen a growing need to better focus on the allocation and alignment of resources at the local level to support and sustain smart investments in young people.  Through partnerships with national membership organizations that naturally convene state and local policymakers we seek to provide resources, tools, examples and networking opportunities to help policymakers improve their work in partnerships, with data and evidence and with resources.

Children's Cabinet Network 

The Children’s Cabinet Network, managed by the Forum, is the only national network of 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 their efforts to improve outcomes for young people.

Children's Funding Project 

The Children’s Funding Project is the Forum’s commitment to update, consolidate and strengthen the guidance, examples, tools and strategic supports we provide to local decision makers to not only coordinate and set goals but find, align, and generate the resources needed to achieve them, and assess and monitor the value of these investments based on evidence of what has worked nationally and what is working in their communities.