Municipal Leadership for Children and Families in Small and Mid-Sized Cities

NLC has published a new report highlighting promising city efforts to improve the lives of children, youth and families in communities with populations below 75,000. "Municipal Leadership for Children and Families in Small and Mid-Sized Cities" provides a rich array of strategies shared by local officials representing more than 40 cities and towns across the country.

The report combines in-depth case studies of comprehensive family strengthening efforts in Rapid City, S.D., and Manchester, Conn. with a set of shorter city practices categorized by topic area that highlight local action in a broad range of areas.

Full Report

Executive Summary


Case Studies

Rapid City, S.D. (pop. 67,956) Task Force for Strengthening Families
Manchester, Conn. (pop. 58,241) Children, Youth and Families Master Plan

City Examples

Early Childhood

Enfield, Conn. (pop. 44,654) Key Initiatives to Early Education
Lemoore, Calif. (pop. (24,531) Generations Project
Petal, Miss. (pop. 10,454) Excel by 5 Coalition


Trotwood, Ohio (pop. 24,431) Joint City Council-School Board Meetings
Tukwila, Wash. (pop. 19,107) Tukwila Community Schools Collaboration
Delray Beach, Fla. (pop. 60,522) Education Advisory Board
Holyoke, Mass. (pop. 39,880) Family Literacy Centers
Mountain View, Calif. (pop. 74,066) Virtual Library Resource Card
Monticello, Iowa (pop. 3,796) Jones Regional Education Center
Burleson, Texas (pop. 36,690) Burleson Opportunity Fund

Out-of-School Time Programming

Northfield, Minn. (pop. 20,007) PRIMETime Collaborative
Redlands, Calif. (pop. 68,747) Music Changing Lives
Spartanburg, S.C. (pop. 37,013) Duncan Park Stadium
Cortland, N.Y. (pop. 19,204) Cortland Youth Center
Danvers, Mass. (pop. 26,493) Project Sunshine
Wentzville, Mo. (pop. 29,070) Park Bucks

Youth and Community Engagement

Durango, Colo. (pop. 16,887) Youth Engagement Program
Caldwell, Idaho (pop. 46,237) Mayor's Youth Advisory Council and Caldwell Youth Master Plan
St. Louis Park, Minn. (pop. 45,250) Children First
Rock Hill, S.C. (pop. 66,154) The #1 Question: Is It Good for the Children?

Youth Employment

Romeoville, Ill. (pop. 39,680) High School Job Initiative
Petersburg, Va. (pop. 32,420) Summer Work and Health Guidance Expo
Ocala, Fla. (pop. 56,315) Phoenix Rising
Oregon City, Ore. (pop. 31,859) Oregon City High School Construction Program

Child and Youth Safety

Germantown, Tenn. (pop. 38,844) Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Initiative
Tualatin, Ore. (pop. 26,054) Project F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
Highland Village, Texas (pop. 15,056) Police Involving Parents
Winchester, Va. (pop. 26,203) Timbrook House Youth Reporting Center

Family Economic Success

Bryan, Texas (pop. 76,201) Money Week Brazos Valley and Financial Fitness Center
Gaithersburg, Md. (pop. 59,933) Bank On Gaithersburg and VITA Sites
West Bend, Wis. (pop. 31,078) Summer Picnic and Playground Program

Health and Wellness

Tupelo, Miss. (pop. 34,546) Health on a Shelf
Decatur, Ga. (pop. 19,335) Safe Routes to School Program
La Mesa, Calif. (pop. 57,065) Ready...Set...Live Well Initiative
Greenbelt, Md. (pop. 23,068) CARES Youth and Family Services Bureau
Petersburg, Va. (pop. 32,420) Family Stabilization Initiative
Westwood, Mass. (pop. 14,618) Youth and Family Services Department

Strong Neighborhoods

Charlottesville, Va. (pop. 43,475) City of Promise
Dedham, Mass. (pop. 24,729) Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Aiken, S.C. (pop. 29,524) Crosland Park
Walla Walla, Wash. (pop. 31,731) Commitment to Community