A Children’s Cabinet brings together key leaders and sectors that serve children and youth. By bridging silos and driving collaborative action, a Children’s Cabinet aligns resources, closes programming gaps and reduces duplication, and prepares all children and young people to grow and thrive from birth to adulthood.
Co-developed by the Children’s Funding Project, The Forum for Youth Investment, and EdRedesign, this toolkit is designed to equip mayors and their staff with practical information and resources to launch a children's cabinet in their local community.
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This guide is intended to support Children's Cabinets in moving from intention to action by embedding racial equity into their work.
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How is EdRedesign advancing Children’s Cabinets?
In 2016, EdRedesign launched the By All Means community of practice to learn from communities rethinking systems of education and child development. We closely partner with select local communities across the country, supporting their creation of Children’s Cabinets as well as strengthening existing entities. As a collaborative partner, we seek to learn from and with each other through biannual convenings and webinars, in addition to documenting and disseminating promising practices within the broader field.
In 2019, the Forum for Youth Investment, the Children’s Funding Project, and EdRedesign jointly formed the Local Children’s Cabinet Network (LCCN). This national network includes over 35 localities that are harnessing Children’s Cabinets to more efficiently and effectively enhance child and youth outcomes. Through the network, communities gain access to expert panels and roundtable discussions, peer networking opportunities, and exclusive resources, publications, and tools.