Local Children’s Cabinet Network Inaugural eNewsletter

Introducing the Local Children’s Cabinet Network

The Local Children’s Cabinet Network is a national network of community leaders working to improve the coordination of child- and youth-serving agencies and initiatives in their localities through the use of a “children’s cabinet” or equivalent policy coordinating body.

Children’s cabinets are convened in states and localities across the country as forums for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of government efforts to improve child and youth outcomes. In this network, members will be able to learn from both experts and one another about children’s cabinets as a tool for improving both systems-level governance and population-level outcomes. Network members will have access to expert panels and roundtable discussions, peer networking opportunities, and exclusive resources, publications, and tools, and will convene in-person in July 2019.

If you are interested in joining the network or have additional questions, please click here to complete a short contact form and we will contact you with more information. Please note that there is no fee to join this network thanks to the Forum for Youth Investment and the Education Redesign Lab at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Network Offerings

Exciting offerings for network members

  • Online Tools, Toolkits, & Fiscal Mapping Tools
  • Quarterly Webinars
  • In-person Convenings & Conferences
  • Best practice sharing opportunities
  • Connections to other cities & communities across North America doing similar cabinet work

Case Studies

Learn from communities making strides

  • Check out our case study of Fairfax and their Successful Children & Youth Policy Team on how they provide policy and resource guidance while championing collective efforts of the Fairfax community to ensure all children and youth have equitable access to quality services, supports, and opportunities to further their success and well-being.
  • See how Denver Mayor’s Children’s Cabinet is working to improve communication between agencies, coordinate and align programs and services, and develop strategies to address gaps and remove barriers that hinder opportunities for Denver children and youth.

Featured Activities

Stay up to date on happenings related news

  • EdWeek featured the By All Means consortium from the Education Redesign Lab at Harvard Graduate School of Education and its movement to create community-wide approaches to support child well-being. The article highlights innovative initiatives in By All Means communities that are closing achievement and opportunity gaps for children.
  • On March 7, the Children’s Funding Project hosted mayors at SXSW EDU for a panel on “Mayors, Youth, & the fate of Cities.” Mayor Jorge Elorza of Providence, RI, Mayor Shane Bemis of Gresham, OR, and Eva Colen, Senior Policy Advisor in Richmond, VA Mayor Levar Stoney’s administration discussed the tools mayors can use to improve social mobility and youth outcomes in their cities. Strategies discussed by the mayors included using children’s cabinets as forums for creating policy solutions through cross-systems collaboration.
  • Cincinnati recently launched its Children and Families Cabinet! Created by City Council Resolution in 2018, the cabinet first November, and since then has been working to create a set of shared goals and a Children and Families Budget designed to better inform the city about its investments in children and families.


(As a reminder, if you were accepted as an official network member, our Virtual Network Kick-Off is today from 12:00pm to 1:30pm EST. You should have received a separate message with the phone number and log in info.)

If you have not applied yet and still want to be considered, click here for more information about the joining the Local Children’s Cabinet Network.

If you have already applied, you should have heard back from us. We are still accepting applications on a rolling basis.

For those of you who don’t yet have a Children’s Cabinet, please share this information with your community leaders to spark creating a Children’s Cabinet in your community.

For more information, contact LocalCCN@gmail.com