Grandparent and grandkids in park
Grandparent and grandkids in park

Youth & Family

NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) grew out of the belief that to thrive, cities need strong leaders who make the education, safety and health of the families and children in their communities a citywide priority. With expertise in early childhood success, education and expanded learning, health and community wellness, reengagement of disconnected youth, and family economic success, the YEF Institute is the go-to place for city leaders seeking to improve outcomes for children and families.  

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  • CitiesSpeak

Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Director of Parks and Recreation Sara Hensley won the unanimous support of the city council when they recently created the document as part of a larger strategy to connect children to nature…

photo - Why the City of Austin Created a Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights
photo - Why the City of Austin Created a Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights
  • Press Release

20 cities in Alabama, California and Kansas to receive grants up to $40,000

WASHINGTON — March 30, 2017 — The National League of Cities (NLC) today announced that 20 cities were awarded grants to create or expand…

School Lunches
School Lunches
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — March 27, 2017 — The National League of Cities (NLC) today announced a new initiative to increase the likelihood that all children will achieve educational success by the end of third grade. This project, “Promoting an Alignment…

Early Childhood Picture
Early Childhood Picture
  • CitiesSpeak

For local officials, now is the perfect time to convene community partners to ensure your city is utilizing all available resources that help keep children engaged and healthy when school is out.

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photo - Four Takeaways from the California Afterschool and Summer Nutrition Summits
photo - Four Takeaways from the California Afterschool and Summer Nutrition Summits
  • Research Report

Municipal financial empowerment (FE) strategies are efforts undertaken by cities to increase the financial stability of low-income families. FE strategies link vulnerable households to financial services and public benefits, and provide them with…

  • Research Report

A young person’s first job is a critical developmental step toward adulthood. A first job provides an opportunity for youth to engage with the financial system and also infuses earnings into the local economy. In cities across the nation, youth…

  • Research Report

Despite our nation’s relative wealth, many Americans are financially insecure, lacking the financial means to pay all of their monthly bills or the necessary savings to cover unexpected expenses. Inadequate household incomes, coupled with a lack…

  • Research Report

Food insecurity can have wide-ranging and devastating long-term effects on children, threatening not only their health but also their ability to perform in school. Children who come to school hungry tend to do more poorly in school than their…

  • Research Report

A child’s early years are a time of incredible growth and development, and what happens during these years can have a major impact on his or her opportunities for success later in life. Children who participate in high-quality early learning and…

  • Research Report

Early childhood learning, health and well-being are in every sense building blocks for our nation’s future. New science on child development points to the lifelong importance of early experiences, relationships and opportunities in building the “…