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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  • Headlines

WASHINGTON — The National League of Cities (NLC), in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), awarded grants to 10 cities in Kansas, Alabama and California to create or expand programs providing children with afterschool and…

  • CitiesSpeak

NLC has teamed up with educational partners to produce a guide that features best practices for establishing high-quality childcare and pre-K programs – complete with examples from 19 cities across the country that are leading the way.

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Kids playing
  • CitiesSpeak

Recognizing the extra burden on families during the summer, and challenges this can pose for maintaining a safe and vibrant city, local leaders are placing increased focus on expanding summer learning opportunities in their cities.

For…

  • CitiesSpeak

The DC ReEngagement Center (REC) was able to match 200 of those disengaged young adults with appropriate education programs, with a “stick rate”  (the percentage of people who remain in their education program for the academic year) of 74…

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  • CitiesSpeak

Implementing successful programs like this takes commitment from multiple partners as well as funding, participant recruitment, event planning, and risk management strategies.

This is a guest post by Greg Lais and Phil Ginsburg.

  • Research Report

LIFT-UP was a two-year pilot project conducted by the NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families in five cities. LIFT-UP offers city leaders a "win-win" scenario, allowing city utilities to recoup lost revenue due to unpaid bills, while…

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faucet dripping image
  • CitiesSpeak

In last Thursday's post, we showed that curfew laws can have unintended consequences. Here are a few steps city leaders can take to ensure the safe and fair application of curfews for minors.

This is a guest post by Sana Johnson. It…

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curfew
  • CitiesSpeak

Do curfew laws really protect city youth and increase public safety? This is the first of two blog posts on curfew within a broader series on opportunities for municipal leadership in juvenile justice reform.

This is a guest post by Sana…

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curfew
  • CitiesSpeak

Local jails detain 19 times the number of individuals of state and federal prisons combined - but cities have the power to reduce those numbers.

In its most recent step supporting city leaders to reform the justice system, the…

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  • CitiesSpeak

Federal immigration measures have a local impact.

It was a different crowd today at the Supreme Court. The number of children on the courthouse steps may have exceeded the number of adults, and the voices on the microphones were speaking…

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Supreme Court