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 efforts have been guided by the experience and advice of members of NLC's Council on Youth, Education, and Families and the YEF Institute's partnerships with countless other mayors and city councilmembers across the nation. The City Platform for Children and Families draws upon lessons that have emerged from these deep and lasting collaborations with municipal leaders from cities and towns of all sizes and from every corner of America.
We all know that local circumstances and needs vary greatly. At the same time, every city and town can take action to advance four key priorities that reflect the building blocks of what every child needs, at a minimum, to live a full, healthy, and productive life:
- Opportunities to learn and grow;
- A safe neighborhood to call home;
- A healthy lifestyle and environment; and
- A financially fit family in which to thrive.
In each of these areas, the City Platform calls upon mayors and city councilmembers to set bold, measurable goals or targets that focus attention on key opportunities for progress and address pressing challenges in their communities. The YEF Institute stands ready to assist municipal leaders in their efforts.