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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Through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, the city of Avondale is working closely with one of the local school districts to enhance its Avondale Education and Community Engagement Initiative. This effort assists with…

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Developing a comprehensive municipal agenda for strengthening families and improving outcomes for children and youth requires sustained effort. Local leaders have moved forward on these issues from different starting points, reflecting the diverse…
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We know that opportunities to learn and grow must begin in the earliest years of life, with parent education and support as well as community-wide initiatives that emphasize early literacy.

Home visiting programs, supports for informal…

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More than 100 mayors signed on to the Mayors' Action Challenge for Children and Families since it was launched November 2008. As part of the Challenge, approximately two-thirds of the mayors set specific, measurable, locally-defined goals and…
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Mayors and other municipal officials have used the Platform and two initiatives - the City Platform for Strengthening Families and the Mayors' Action Challenge for Children and Families - that formed the basis for this document to guide local…
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Every day, mayors and city councilmembers throughout America are reminded that children, youth, and families are the lifeblood of their neighborhoods and communities.

Strong cities are built on a foundation of strong families and empowered…

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Nearly 100 cities adopted the City Platform for Strengthening Families through a City Council resolution, mayoral proclamation or other public announcement after the Platform was developed by NLC's Council on Youth, Education and Families and…
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We all know that our young people cannot learn and grow unless they feel safe and are protected from violence in their homes, schools, and neighborhoods.

Cities can combat youth violence effectively by treating it as a public health problem and…

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The National League of Cities (NLC), through its Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute), has worked for more than a decade to stimulate and support municipal leadership on behalf of children, youth, and families.

Its…

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We recognize our responsibility to promote health and wellness so that our children can reach their full potential.

Transportation and land use policies that promote walking and biking as well as neighborhood park and playground development can…