Author: Emily Pickren

Children and Families are a City’s Most Valuable Resources

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. At this year’s Congress of Cities in Nashville, the YEF Institute celebrated its 15th anniversary with

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Celebrating at the White House: Let’s Move! Brings Communities Together

This is a guest post by Christi Branscom and Kathleen Gibi. Children in Knoxville participate in the city’s Kids Can Bike! program. (City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department) As we got into the back of a taxi on a warm September morning in Washington, we had the following conversation: Christi to the driver: “We

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Mayor Ralph Becker Launches Initiative to Connect Kids with Nature

This is a guest post by Katie McKellar. The post originally appeared in Deseret News. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker kicks off NLC’s Connecting Children to Nature Leadership Academy on Wednesday, October 7, sharing more about SLC Kids Explore and other city initiatives from the eight city teams attending from across the country. Eleven-year-old

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Let’s Move! From Fort Collins, Colo., to Washington, D.C.

This is a guest post by Gino Campana, councilmember, Fort Collins, Colo. It was an honor to participate in a daylong celebratory event at the White House for the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) movement. Together with First Lady Michelle Obama, we celebrated the milestone of 500 communities joining LMCTC, as well as

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Financial Inclusion Takes Center Stage in Nashville

This is a guest post by Erik Cole. This is the fourth post in our financial inclusion blog series. This post highlights Nashville’s Financial Empowerment Center and the impact that their programs and services are having on the community. In 2013, Nashville Mayor Karl F. Dean partnered with the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville to

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How Libraries Are Creating Community Connections by Serving Summer Meals

This is a guest post by Patrice Chamberlain, director of the California Summer Meal Coalition.  Summer is right around the corner, yet in many low-income communities, this time of year can leave children with limited access to learning opportunities, few safe places to gather and without access to the free or reduced-price meals they received

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Louisville’s Cradle to Career Initiative: Improving Education Across the Pipeline

This is a guest post by Greg Fischer, mayor, Louisville, Ky. The post originally appeared on the U.S. Department of Education’s blog. More on Louisville’s Cradle to Career Initiative can be found on the city’s website.  Mayor Greg Fischer hosted Louisville’s community conversation. As Mayor of Louisville, I’ve learned that city government plays a major

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Investing in the Future is Paying Off for Cities Today

Researchers, policymakers, educators and parents are increasingly recognizing the value and benefits of early childhood care and education. Even the President of the Unites States has made this issue a priority. Research shows that children who receive a high-quality early education are better prepared to succeed in grade school, in high school, and beyond. (Getty

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President Obama’s “Every Kid in a Park” Initiative: Connecting Kids to Nature and History

Two developments last week provide opportunities for cities to connect young people to the outdoors and to local history. The President’s new Every Kid in a Park initiative will help city leaders develop and expand strategies for getting more young people outdoors and connected to our national parks. (Getty Images) For some children, spending time

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