Grandparent and grandkids in park
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Youth & Family

NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) grew out of the belief that to thrive, cities need strong leaders who make the education, safety and health of the families and children in their communities a citywide priority. With expertise in early childhood success, education and expanded learning, health and community wellness, reengagement of disconnected youth, and family economic success, the YEF Institute is the go-to place for city leaders seeking to improve outcomes for children and families.  

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  • CitiesSpeak

Across the country, local, state and national initiatives are working to end youth homelessness, and many recognize the essential role of law enforcement and juvenile justice agencies in these efforts. 

City leaders…

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Bridge
  • Press Release


Innovative financial empowerment program a “win-win” for cities and residents

WASHINGTON – Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) released an evaluation report highlighting the positive results of its two-year…

  • Headlines

WASHINGTON — The National League of Cities (NLC), in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), awarded grants to 10 cities in Kansas, Alabama and California to create or expand programs providing children with afterschool and…

  • CitiesSpeak

NLC has teamed up with educational partners to produce a guide that features best practices for establishing high-quality childcare and pre-K programs – complete with examples from 19 cities across the country that are leading the way.

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Kids playing
  • CitiesSpeak

Recognizing the extra burden on families during the summer, and challenges this can pose for maintaining a safe and vibrant city, local leaders are placing increased focus on expanding summer learning opportunities in their cities.

For…

  • CitiesSpeak

The DC ReEngagement Center (REC) was able to match 200 of those disengaged young adults with appropriate education programs, with a “stick rate”  (the percentage of people who remain in their education program for the academic year) of 74…

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  • CitiesSpeak

Implementing successful programs like this takes commitment from multiple partners as well as funding, participant recruitment, event planning, and risk management strategies.

This is a guest post by Greg Lais and Phil Ginsburg.

  • CitiesSpeak

In last Thursday's post, we showed that curfew laws can have unintended consequences. Here are a few steps city leaders can take to ensure the safe and fair application of curfews for minors.

This is a guest post by Sana Johnson. It…

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curfew
  • CitiesSpeak

Do curfew laws really protect city youth and increase public safety? This is the first of two blog posts on curfew within a broader series on opportunities for municipal leadership in juvenile justice reform.

This is a guest post by Sana…

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curfew
  • CitiesSpeak

Local jails detain 19 times the number of individuals of state and federal prisons combined - but cities have the power to reduce those numbers.

In its most recent step supporting city leaders to reform the justice system, the…

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