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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  • Case Studies & Practices

Through the Cities Combating Hunger Through Afterschool Meals Programs (CHAMPS) project, the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families, in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center, has provided grant…

  • Case Studies & Practices

What are the target goals?

In an effort to close the achievement gap and increase the high school graduation rate in Nashville, city leaders launched the Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) in 2010. This high-quality afterschool…

  • Case Studies & Practices

What are the goals of the program?

In 2006, the City of Richmond, California experienced more than 40 homicides. The national average for a city the size of Richmond (approximately 100,000 people) is six. In the aftermath, the city…

  • Case Studies & Practices

What is the target goal?

Payday loans are small cash advances that typically have a two-week or month-long loan term and high interest rates and fees. Borrowers can renew the loan by paying the rates and fees, but they retain the same…

  • Case Studies & Practices

What are the target goals?
The Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee partnered with the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville (UWMN) to expand their financial inclusion programs and services. Building upon the city's…

  • CitiesSpeak

Many early childhood care and education centers are small organizations, often with just one person managing both the educational direction of the center and the day-to-day business operations. These dedicated individuals are also frequently…

  • CitiesSpeak

This is a guest post by Greg Fischer, mayor, Louisville, Ky. The post originally appeared on the U.S. Department of Education's blog. More on Louisville's Cradle to Career Initiative can be found on the city's website. 

As Mayor…

  • CitiesSpeak

This post was co-written by Alysha Davis. President Obama issued a proclamation declaring April 2015 to be National Financial Capability Month. It’s described as a to time to “renew our efforts to support the informed financial decisions that…

Financial capability
Financial capability
  • Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

WASHINGTON - To improve the ability of young people to effectively manage their finances - from spending and saving to building credit and keeping debt manageable - the National League of Cities (NLC) will identify…

Press Release
Press Release
  • CitiesSpeak

This post was co-written by Kellie May. A version of this post appears on the National Recreation and Park Association's blog, Open Space.

In cities across the country, parks and recreation departments are often the go-to resource for…

Healthy eating
Healthy eating