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The State Children’s Cabinet Network is the nation’s only network of directors, staff and members of state children’s cabinets.

Sometimes known as councils or commissions or P-20 councils, Children’s Cabinets are typically made up of the heads of all 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. Members of the network are invited to online and in-person convenings.

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


Featured Resources

Continuity Through Crisis: How Cabinets Meet the Needs of Young People During a Pandemic

Highlights of the structures and systems that cabinets use to ensure that they are prepared to meet the needs of children

Systems and Structures: How Indiana Continues to Meet the Needs of Young People
Childcare and Covid-19

This brief focuses on a shared concern across cabinets: how to meet kids’ and families’ needs for appropriate school-day care for children as so many schools operate virtually.

2017 State Children's Cabinet Survey

Read which states had Children's Cabinets and what activities they focused on

Getting Results for Children and Youth

Read Introduction to Children's Cabinets

2016 Children's Cabinet Summit

Read what we learned at the 2016 State Children's Cabinet Summit

Elements of Success: Structural Options

Read about structural options when configuring a children's cabinet

Fiscal Mapping Tools

Read guides to mapping existing resources

Knowledge Center

Read all Children's Cabinet publications in our Knowledge Center

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