Tools & Resources

The YEF Institute offers a broad range of action kits, toolkits, strategy guides and other resources that provide municipal leaders with practical ideas for helping children, youth and families thrive. City leaders can search for and download all of the Institute's publications by topic area or use the links below to search for publications by format.

  • Action Kits & Toolkits

    YEF Institute action kits offer a menu of strategies that city leaders can consider, and provide city examples and other informational resources to guide local efforts. Action kits serve as useful introductory materials for city officials who are just beginning to explore opportunities for involvement in a particular issue. This section also includes more in-depth toolkits that offer step-by-step guidance for implementing specific strategies to improve outcomes for children and families.

  • Strategy Guides

    The YEF Institute has developed a broad range of strategy guides to help municipal officials take action on behalf of children, youth and families. Compared with action kits, these guides generally focus on more narrowly targeted issues, but do not provide as much detail on implementation as a YEF Institute toolkit.

  • Case Studies

    The YEF Institute has published several case study reports, including publications documenting "lessons learned" by cities participating in in-depth technical assistance initiatives.

  • Research Reports

    YEF Institute research reports include studies highlighting the spread of citywide approaches to afterschool and municipal initiatives to expand access to mainstream financial services.