May 2015 Newsletter

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YEF Institute Newsletter

Welcome to the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) May newsletter. Interested in learning more about our new Cities Promoting Access to Nature initiative? Register for the May 19 webinar! Want to know what’s going on in cities across the country, like Louisville, Longmont and Newark? Click on the links below!
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Featured Stories
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We’re partnering with the Children & Nature Network on a new initiative, Cites Promoting Access to Nature (CPAN). On Tuesday, May 19, we will host a webinar to provide more detail on the CPAN initiative and its upcoming “city scan,” which is designed to collect information from city officials on the range of strategies, policies and programs they are currently using to promote access to nature.
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Mayor Greg Fischer hosted Louisville’s “community conversation,” the last in a series of 15 successful conversations held in cities across the country, all resulting from a partnership between the National League of Cities and the U.S. Department of Education. Local leaders, educators, parents and community member in Louisville came together to generate increased community awareness and support of the city’s Cradle to Career Initiative.
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Longmont was one of six cities selected for technical assistance through one of the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families’ early childhood education projects. The project examines how various community partners in early childhood education can work together to ensure children receive the highest quality care and education in their first eight years of life.
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Newark, N.J. has emerged as a national leader in the summer learning movement. With a committed and engaged Summer Learning Work Group and ongoing work to launch a citywide out-of-school time network, Newark is demonstrating the progress that a community can make when residents and city agencies come together to make summer learning a priority.
From the CitiesSpeak Blog
by Jonathan B. Jarvis
by Jerrilyn Black
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