Tools & Resources

  • Educational Alignment for Young Children: Profiles of Local Innovation (2012)

    This case study report highlights an emerging city strategy for ensuring that more young children are poised for educational success: the alignment of early care and education programs with K-12 education systems. The report identifies five cities that are on the leading edge of efforts to create a seamless educational pipeline for children ages 0-8. Innovative alignment strategies in Boston, Hartford, San Antonio, San José and Seattle aim to ensure that more children are succeeding in school and reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

  • Promoting School Readiness by Improving Family, Friend and Neighbor Care Municipal Action Guide (2010)

    This guide highlights steps that city leaders can take to connect family, friend and neighbor (FFN) caregivers with the information, resources and support needed to promote early learning and healthy child development. These strategies were identified through a join technical assistance initiative sponsored by the YEF Institute and United Way Worldwide in 2007-08 with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The project helped municipal and United Way leaders in Atlanta, Denver, Des Moines, Nashville, Providence and San Antonio promote school readiness and support informal caregivers.

  • The State of City Leadership for Children and Families: Innovations and Trends in Early Childhood (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. This chapter highlights the broad range of innovations and trends in municipal leadership to support early childhood success.

  • Supporting Parents: Promising City Efforts to Promote Early Childhood Success (2007)

    This report highlights lessons learned by six cities that participated in NLC's Cities Supporting Parents of Young Children project. These cities focused on supporting parents of young children through communication campaigns to educate parents about how they can support healthy early childhood development; initiatives to connect families with early childhood resources; programs to engage and empower parents; and efforts to establish or expand family-friendly workplace policies.

  • Early Childhood Strategy Spotlights: Assessment & Strategic Planning (2006)

    One of six strategy spotlights developed by the YEF Institute to provide a concise overview of useful strategies for promoting early childhood success, what municipal leaders can do to implement these strategies, examples of cities that have made progress in these areas, and additional resources for further information.

  • Early Childhood Strategy Spotlights: Making Early Childhood a City Priority (2006)

    One of six strategy spotlights developed by the YEF Institute to provide a concise overview of useful strategies for promoting early childhood success, what municipal leaders can do to implement these strategies, examples of cities that have made progress in these areas, and additional resources for further information.

  • Early Childhood Strategy Spotlights: Expanding Access to Child Care (2006)

    One of six strategy spotlights developed by the YEF Institute to provide a concise overview of useful strategies for promoting early childhood success, what municipal leaders can do to implement these strategies, examples of cities that have made progress in these areas, and additional resources for further information.

  • Early Childhood Strategy Spotlights: Promoting Children's Health and Safety (2006)

    One of six strategy spotlights developed by the YEF Institute to provide a concise overview of useful strategies for promoting early childhood success, what municipal leaders can do to implement these strategies, examples of cities that have made progress in these areas, and additional resources for further information.

  • Early Childhood Strategy Spotlights: Supporting Parents of Young Children (2006)

    One of six strategy spotlights developed by the YEF Institute to provide a concise overview of useful strategies for promoting early childhood success, what municipal leaders can do to implement these strategies, examples of cities that have made progress in these areas, and additional resources for further information.

  • Early Childhood Strategy Spotlights: Strengthening Early Care & Education (2006)

    One of six strategy spotlights developed by the YEF Institute to provide a concise overview of useful strategies for promoting early childhood success, what municipal leaders can do to implement these strategies, examples of cities that have made progress in these areas, and additional resources for further information.

  • Early Childhood Needs and Resources Community Assessment Tool (2006)

    This tool is designed to help local officials better understand the status of young children in their cities, as well as the existing local activities or initiatives that support successful early childhood development.

  • Action Kit on Supporting Early Childhood Success (2003)

    This action kit outlines a wide range of steps that municipal leaders can take to support parents and promote early childhood success, such as assessing community needs and resources, making early childhood a community-wide priority, connecting parents to key information and resources, promoting child health and safety, enhancing early learning opportunities, and expanding access to high-quality child care.

  • Strategy Guide on Financing Early Care and Education (2003)

    This strategy brief contains an overview of the major federal and state funding sources for early care and education, as well as a discussion of a number of financing options and approaches that city leaders can employ when funding early childhood initiatives.

  • Organizing Guide for Hosting a Community Forum (2003)

    This guide was prepared specifically for cities participating in Little Kids, Big Plans Week, which took place Oct. 19-25, 2003. However, the guide provides information that can be used in designing a community forum any time of year, and includes suggested steps, format options, and sample agendas and press releases.

  • Strengthening Families in America's Cities: Early Childhood Development (2003)

    Research findings published in this report are from NLC's Strengthening Families in America's Cities Survey of municipal officials, which examined issues affecting children and families in American cities and towns.

  • Growing Up Healthy: What Local Governments Can Do to Support Young Children and Their Families (2003)

    This brochure is a joint publication of NLC, the Zero to Three Policy Center, and the National Association of Counties (NACo). It provides a succinct review of the scientific research on early brain development, discusses why investments in early childhood services pay enormous dividends for communities, and highlights how local officials can support birth-to-five initiatives.

  • Campaign for Early Childhood Success: Campaign Activities (2003)

    In 2003, under the leadership of then-NLC President John DeStefano, Jr., mayor of New Haven, Conn., NLC launched a year-long campaign to encourage municipal involvement in promoting early childhood success. The focal point of the campaign was the City Challenge for Early Childhood Success, which asked NLC members to develop multi-year early childhood plans for their communities. By the end of 2003, 108 cities and towns made this commitment.

  • Campaign for Early Childhood Success: City Strategies Paper (2003)

    In 2003, under the leadership of then-NLC President John DeStefano, Jr., mayor of New Haven, Conn., NLC launched a year-long campaign to encourage municipal involvement in promoting early childhood success. The focal point of the campaign was the City Challenge for Early Childhood Success, which asked NLC members to develop multi-year early childhood plans for their communities. By the end of 2003, 108 cities and towns made this commitment.

  • Our Children, Our Future: Promoting Early Childhood Success in America's Cities and Towns (2002)

    This 2002 NLC Futures Report, developed by NLC's Advisory Council, provides an overview of the importance of early childhood success and highlights reasons why local elected officials should be engaged in this issue.