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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