Jointly founded by the Education Redesign Lab (EdRedesign), the Forum for Youth Investment, and the Children’s Funding Project, the Local Children’s Cabinet Network (LCCN) will convene for its first summit July 30-31.

The LCCN, a national network of city, county, and community leaders from 30 localities in the U.S. and Canada, uses children’s cabinets to improve the coordination, expansion, and outcomes of child and youth services in their respective localities.

Leaders will gather for two days of collaborative learning comprised of expert panels and roundtables, peer networking opportunities, and access to exclusive resources including recent research, publications, and tools. After the summit, members will have access to a series of webinars and various resources.

Paul Reville, director of EdRedesign and Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Elizabeth Gaines, founder and director of the Children’s Funding Project, and Thaddeus Ferber, executive vice president of the Forum for Youth Investment will deliver welcoming remarks. Guest speakers include Shane Bemis, mayor of Gresham, Ore., who will share his experience as a member of the LCCN and insights from his collaborative work within his community.

The purpose of children’s cabinets is to improve outcomes for children and youth so that they are able to thrive as adults. The immediate goal of convening leaders at the summit is to enhance their ability to collaborate across sectors. Developing common goals, sharing and comparing data, and addressing gaps in resources allows leaders to craft better policies and decisions, ultimately serving children and youth in more effective ways.

Also being announced is a collaborative report titled Children’s Cabinet Toolkit: A Roadmap for Getting Started in Your Community. The report equips mayors and other municipal leaders with practical information and resources to launch a children’s cabinet in their own communities.

If you are interested in joining the network or have additional questions, please complete the short contact form or email LocalCCN@gmail.com. Due to the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, The Kresge Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, there is no fee to join this network.

To learn more the organizations visit their websites: EdRedesign,  The Children’s Funding Project, and The Forum for Youth Investment.

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