Grandparent and grandkids in park
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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.  

Youth & Family subtopics:

Recent

  • Research Report
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…
  • Research Report
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…

  • Research Report
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…
  • Research Report
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…

  • Research Report
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…

  • Research Report
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…

  • Research Report
We know that our children and youth are far less likely to learn and grow up to be healthy and productive citizens if their families lack the financial means to meet their basic needs (e.g., safe and stable housing, access to health care, and…
  • Research Report
Strong cities are built on a foundation of strong families and empowered neighborhoods that support every child. Developed by NLC's Council on Youth, Education and Families and leading mayoral champions, the City Platform for Children and Families…
  • Case Studies & Practices

 

Summary

Thinking strategically about child care and preschool programs when making land use decisions and creating economic development plans can provide a big boost to early learning opportunities. In Santa Monica, a city ordinance…

  • Case Studies & Practices
Summary

To improve outcomes for young children, early literacy must be a community-wide priority. When city leaders focus attention on early literacy they can be an important catalysts for change by communicating the significance of strong…