• Date: November 12, 2013 - November 14, 2013
  • Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel
  • Category: Event


The biennial National Summit on Your City's Families is the nation’s largest gathering of municipal leaders who are working to improve the lives of children, youth and families in their communities.  The 2013 Summit will focus on a theme of "Leading and Managing for Results."

Network with Peers.  Find Solutions.  Reenergize Your Efforts.

Hundreds of mayors, city councilmembers, senior municipal staff, and school and community partners will gather in Seattle for two days of learning, training and networking.

This year, a redesigned and highly interactive Summit will immediately precede  NLC’s Congress of Cities and Exposition, giving local leaders the option of participating in both events.  In addition, NLC will launch a new strategic partnership with the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) by hosting joint sessions that bring together Summit attendees with participants in ULC’s Partners for Success conference.  By attending the Summit, you will:

  • Find the inspiration, ideas, and new tools you need to move forward in your city; 
  • Engage in practical, problem-solving discussions that help you overcome challenges back home; 
  • Discover new ways to track and sustain progress for children and families, even in tough economic times;
  • Help establish national benchmarks that will guide local action in the nation's cities;
  • Learn about exciting innovations in Seattle and the elements that make them work;
  • Connect with peers who are tackling similar roles and responsibilities; and
  • Be part of a growing national movement of city leaders working to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families.

Leading and Managing for Results

Are your city's efforts to support children and families achieving results?

A strong emphasis on leading and building partnerships for results will permeate the 2013 Summit, giving attendees new tools for addressing local challenges while tracking and sustaining progress over time. Participants will learn how cities and their partners are using a Results-Based Accountability framework to measure success, working backward from the results they are trying to achieve collectively to the strategies they will use to get there.

Participants will also learn strategies for using and sharing data effectively to assess and enhance child and family well-being, and will shape future directions for city efforts nationally by helping to define key benchmarks for action on behalf of children and families.

Opportunities for City Teams

Cities gain the most value from the National Summit on Your City's Families by sending a team of three or more local leaders. Our experience suggests that the strongest teams include the mayor or a councilmember, senior staff from libraries, parks departments, and other key agencies, and school, county, business, United Way, foundation, neighborhood, or faith-based leaders. However, you are in the best position to decide who needs to be part of your team to make a difference for children, youth and families in your city.

City teams will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one consultation with YEF Institute staff to discuss pressing local challenges, learn about promising approaches from other cities, and identify strategies for moving forward. Teams often leave the Summit with a clear action plan and new relationships with other communities that help accelerate their progress upon returning home.

Collaborating with Libraries to Promote Educational Enrichment

Among a city's most valuable assets for enriching the lives of children and families are its centers of community learning, including local public library systems. Together, participants in the National Summit on Your City's Families and the Urban Libraries Council's Partners for Success Conference will explore the importance of lifelong learning in America's cities and the value of collaboration among libraries, municipal leaders, and civic organizations in improving educational outcomes for residents of all ages.

Early Registration

Early registration rates are in effect until October 14, and include an option to register for both the Summit and the Congress of Cities at a sharply discounted rate.  


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

  • 8:30 am
    Grade Level Reading Regional Meeting

  • 12:00 pm
    Data Network Meeting

  • 12:00 pm
    Registration Open

  • 2:00 pm
    Afterschool Policy Advisors Network (APAN) Meeting

  • 2:00 pm
    Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Network

  • 4:00 pm
    Your Cities Families Summit Opening General Session

  • 6:00 pm
    Welcome Reception

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

  • 7:00 am

  • 7:30 am
    Networking Breakfast

  • 8:30 am
    Your Cities Families Summit/Urban Libraries Council General Session - Leading a Learning Revolution: Collaboration & Creativity

  • 10:15 am
    A Healthy Lifestyle & Environment

  • 10:15 am
    A Financial Fit Family in Which to Thrive

  • 10:15 am
    A Safe Neighborhood to Call Home

  • 10:15 am
    Opportunities to Learn & Grow

  • 12:00 pm
    Networking Luncheon: A Taste of Seattle's Innovative Efforts on Behalf of Children

  • 3:30 pm
    RBA Training

  • 3:30 pm
    Effective Use of Data

  • 3:30 pm
    Open Space Discussion

Thursday, November 14, 2013

  • 7:00 am

  • 7:30 am
    Closing General Session: Making A Difference For Children and Families


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