Tools & Resources

  • Building Management Information Systems to Coordinate Citywide Afterschool Programs: A Toolkit for Cities (2012)

    This new report developed by the YEF Institute offers municipal leaders a detailed guide for building management information systems in order to coordinate local afterschool programs more effectively. "Building Management Information Systems to Coordinate Citywide Afterschool Programs: A Toolkit for Cities" includes a wealth of information and advice for city leaders and a growing library of online resources

  • Case Studies and Analysis of Local Funding Strategies (2012)

    Drawing upon the experience of the California Cities Gang Prevention Network, this resource explores how Oakland, Salinas, and Santa Rosa have combined a range of federal, state, local and private funding streams to underwrite their comprehensive gang prevention strategies.

  • A City Platform for Children and Families

    Developed by NLC's Council on Youth, Education and Families and leading mayoral champions, the City Platform for Children and Families provides municipal leaders with a framework for taking action on behalf of the children, youth and families in their cities and towns.

  • Collecting and Using Information to Strengthen Citywide Out-of-School Time Systems (2011)

    Published with support from The Wallace Foundation, this strategy guide developed by the YEF Institute and the Harvard Family Research Project highlights six strategies for collecting and using data to assess and improve local afterschool programs.

  • Preventing Gang Violence and Building Communities Where Young People Thrive (2010)

    This toolkit draws upon lessons learned over three years from the California Cities Gang Prevention Network, a 13-city network sponsored in collaboration with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency to identify strategies for reducing gang violence and victimization. The toolkit includes a chapter on ways in which cities are blending and braiding multiple funding streams to support their gang prevention efforts.

  • Financial Strategies to Support Citywide Systems of Out-of-School Time Programs (2009)

    This strategy guide, made possible by support from The Wallace Foundation, describes several options that city officials may consider for supporting and sustaining local out-of-school time programs.

  • The State of City Leadership for Children and Families (2009)

    The YEF Institute's first-ever report on The State of City Leadership for Children and Families identifies the nation's most cutting-edge city strategies to help children and families thrive. Several chapters highlight ways in which city leaders are effectively using data to guide progress on behalf of children, youth and families.

  • The State of City Leadership for Children and Families: Local Infrastructure for Children and Families Chapter (2009)

    The YEF Institute's first-ever report on The State of City Leadership for Children and Families identifies the nation's most cutting-edge city strategies to help children and families thrive.

  • Action Kit on Creating a Youth Master Plan (2008)

    Published with support from MetLife Foundation, this action kit for municipal leaders offers tips for the development of a city-schools youth master plan. By using a master planning process to more effectively coordinate services for children and youth, communities can identify unmet needs, eliminate barriers to services, and increase the return on investment for local programs.

  • City Examples of Youth Master Plans

    These examples highlight youth master plans and other comprehensive plans for children, youth and families that have been developed by more than 30 cities throughout the country.

  • City Models for Coordinating Family Strengthening Efforts (2008)

    This document highlights the various ways in which cities have provided coordination and collaboration among agencies serving young people and their families. The document focuses on mayor's offices for children, youth, and families, coordinating entities for community centers, interagency coordinating councils, nonprofit intermediaries, city departments, and local task forces.

  • Implementing a Citywide Gang Violence Reduction Strategy (2008)

    This strategy paper highlights comprehensive, citywide gang prevention initiatives in San Jose, San Bernardino, and Santa Rosa, Calif. These strategies are derived from lessons that emerged from the first year of the California Cities Gang Prevention Network.

  • Beyond City Limits: Cross-System Collaboration to Reengage Disconnected Youth (2007)

    This case study report highlights eight cities in which municipal leaders are collaborating across public systems on behalf of disconnected youth. The report highlights the importance of mayoral leadership, the need for an effective coordinating body, and accountability structures and the use of data to ensure results.

  • Strengthening America's Families: An Agenda for Municipal Leaders (2004)

    This agenda booklet offers policy and program options, as well as a broad range of action steps for local officials seeking new ways of doing business that will lead to better outcomes for children, families, and their neighborhoods. The book encompasses a brief statement on "What Municipal Leaders Must Do" and provides a menu of suggested action steps to connect families to economic opportunities, effective services and supports, and social networks.

  • Municipal Leadership for Your City's Families (2002)

    This report reflects on the experiences of cities and towns across the country that are working to put families first. The articles in the report are based on the content of the 2002 National Summit on Your City's Families, which was held in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 1-4, 2002.