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

NGA releases Expert Roundtable Report on Integrating and Advancing Prenatal to Age 3 Policies

NGA releases Expert Roundtable Report on Integrating and Advancing Prenatal to Age 3 Policies

Summary The National Governors Association (NGA) released a report from the June 5, 2018 expert roundtable in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The roundtable was convened in collaboration with the Center on the ...
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Early Care and Education Workforce 2.0 Cross-State Convening

Early Care and Education Workforce 2.0 Cross-State Convening

October 22-24, 2018 | Minneapolis, MN The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices, in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), hosted a cross-state meeting ...
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Urging Action on Critical Programs Set to Expire

Urging Action on Critical Programs Set to Expire

Letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging action on critical programs set ...
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2018 Policy Institute for Governors’ Human Services Advisors

August 13-15 | Washington, DC The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) Economic Opportunity Division hosted a multi-state Policy Institute as a venue for senior leadership in ...
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Housing

As state health officials and governors drive toward improved outcomes and reduced costs for their complex care populations, a common gap has quickly emerged: access to affordable housing. Homeless Medicaid ...
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NGA Announces Three New Health Initiatives With States

WASHINGTON —The National Governors Association (NGA) announced three new health policy initiatives today to assist states. NGA’s Harnessing the Power of Data to Achieve State Policy Goals: The Foundation for State Success ...
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Early Care and Education Workforce Cohort I Policy Outcomes

From May 2016 – June 2017, the NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) provided technical assistance and grants to support states with developing a policy agenda to strengthen the ...
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Building Inclusive Talent Pipelines for People with Disabilities

May 9-10, 2018 | Madison, WI The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) held a Learning Lab exploring strategies states can use to develop talent pipelines for ...
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Reducing Childhood Hunger: A Toolkit For Governors and First Spouses

Summary Governors recognize the importance of ensuring that children have regular access to healthy meals. Child nutrition is vital to the success of a governor’s agenda because it influences educational ...
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Parents And Children Thriving Together: Two-Generation State Policy Network Midpoint Meeting

March 19-20, 2018 | New Brunswick, NJ Two-generation strategies seek to promote children’s learning and healthy development while simultaneously promoting the parents’ success as both caregivers and breadwinners. The National ...
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States Expand Opportunities for People with Disabilities

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced a new project aimed at helping states expand training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Five states – Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Indiana and Maryland – have ...
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States Work to Strengthen Early Childhood Education Workforce

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today announced that four additional states will receive grants and support to help develop a policy ...
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