Children and Families

Governors and state leaders play a critical role in the protection and support of vulnerable children, families, and individuals. The Children and Families team provides timely and individualized state-focused technical assistance to governors, their human services policy advisors, and state agency leadership, so they can improve policies and systems that will allow children, families, and communities to reach their full potential. With an emphasis on helping states develop equitable opportunities and support for all communities, the Children and Families team aids and enables governors to advance and fulfill their vision for the children and families. Issue areas include child welfare, economic mobility, housing, juvenile justice, child care, and poverty alleviation.

Our Focus Areas

  • Whole-family Approaches to Serving Children and Families
  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Human Services Data and Delivery Systems
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Food Insecurity and Hunger
  • Family Economic Security
  • Anti-Poverty Solutions
  • Foster Care, Kinship Care, and Adoption
  • Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment
  • Empowering Families and Communities
  • Reducing Barriers to Opportunity and Equity

Meet The Team

  • Jordan Hynes
    Program Director
  • Jessica Moise
    Senior Policy Analyst
  • Jess Kirchner
    Policy Analyst
  • Mackenzi Matthews
    Policy Coordinator

Children and Families Library

Flexibilities Under CCDBG/CCDF, CARES Act Supports for Small Businesses and Child Care

The National Governors Association recently hosted a webinar in partnership with the Office of Child Care within the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and ...
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COVID-19 Responses in the Juvenile Justice System

As the number of COVID-19 cases increases, governors are taking action to limit the spread of this disease, including coordinating with correctional leaders to prevent and limit the spread and ...
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Integrating and Advancing State Prenatal to 3 Policies

Integrating and Advancing State Prenatal to 3 Policies

November 13-15, 2019 | Charleston, SC The NGA Early Care and Education and Human Services Teams hosted six states as part of the Prenatal to Age 3 Policy Academy in ...
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REFORMING CHILD WELFARE THROUGH A THREE-BRANCH APPROACH

REFORMING CHILD WELFARE THROUGH A THREE-BRANCH APPROACH

This Three-Branch Toolkit helps state leaders communicate effectively among branches, understand and respect the complementary roles of each branch, effectively share information and data, navigate differing views and perspectives, develop ...
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Governor’s Pocket Guide to Early Literacy

Governor’s Pocket Guide to Early Literacy

Summary Early literacy has been elevated by governors across the nation as an indicator of success in school and in life. The 2019 Governor’s Pocket Guide to Early Literacy underscores the ...
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Human Services Policy Institute

Human Services Policy Institute

Sept. 11-13, 2019 | Chicago, IL NGA Economic Opportunity hosted its annual Policy Institute for Governors Human Services Advisors as a venue for senior leadership in states and territories to ...
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NGA Works with 6 States to Advance Prenatal to Age 3 Policies

NGA Works with 6 States to Advance Prenatal to Age 3 Policies

Investing in early education yields benefits over the long term The National Governors Association today announced that six states -- Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland and Missouri -- will receive ...
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NGA 2019 Winter Meeting

NGA 2019 Winter Meeting

Session videos from the National Governors Association Winter Meeting 2019 which took place Feb 22-25 in Washington, D.C. View Full Playlist ...
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Prenatal to Age Three Learning Collaborative 

Prenatal to Age Three Learning Collaborative 

Prenatal to Age Three Learning Collaborative January 7-9, 2019 | New Orleans, Louisiana NGA Center Education Division hosted its Integrating and Advancing State Prenatal to Age Three Policies Learning Collaborative ...
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Governors Applaud Extension of TANF Program

Governors Applaud Extension of TANF Program

The National Governors Association (NGA) applauded Congress and the president for extending the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program through June 30, 2019. Yesterday, the president signed H.R. 430 ...
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National Governors Association Warns on TANF Benefits During Shutdown

National Governors Association Warns on TANF Benefits During Shutdown

The National Governors Association, the nonpartisan association of the 55 governors of U.S. states and territories, issued a letter to congressional leadership calling for swift action on renewing funding for ...
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Prenatal to Age Three Policies

Prenatal to Age Three Policies

This webinar showcases the recently released report from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices Education Division (NGA) that explores current research and policy levers for supporting children and ...
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