Strong and Sustainable Children’s Cabinets
The Aspen Institute
Children’s cabinets are formal structures for convening public officials with shared responsibility for supporting children’s wellbeing; they can highlight inequities across different communities, creating awareness and accountability to solve problems that might otherwise go unaddressed. By improving coordination, collaboration, and coherence across agencies, children’s cabinets can deliver more effective services and supports to children and families.
This discussion document is intended to help state government leaders (governor’s office staff, state agency leaders, legislators, judges, etc.) identify the most appropriate actions for children’s cabinets for their context. It does not offer one-size-fits-all recommendations and is not the only tool state leaders should use to help guide their work.