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

Financing an Equitable and High-Quality System: Investing in Early Learning

Financing an Equitable and High-Quality System: Investing in Early Learning

On February 14, 2018, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices Education division and WestEd held a webinar focused on early care and education (ECE) finance. The webinar highlighted ...
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Parents and Children Thriving Together: The Role of State Agencies in Crafting a Statewide Two-Generation Strategy

Summary Governors are responsible for ensuring that state government systems meet the needs of low-income families as effectively and efficiently as possible. Two-generation policy strategies can make a range of ...
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Addressing Housing Instability Through Systems Alignment and Coordination

Summary Governors are in a unique position to streamline safety net efforts by strengthening cross-system collaboration to serve vulnerable populations. There are incredible opportunities for state and local partners to ...
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2017 Policy Institute for Governors’ Human Services Advisors

September 25–27, 2017 | Baltimore, MD The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted a policy advisors' institute to help states implement an integrated and comprehensive approach ...
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Early Childhood Education

The Honorable Lamar Alexander Chair Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Patty Murray Ranking Member Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions ...
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Learning Lab on Strategies to Reduce Childhood Hunger

June 12 – 13, 2017 | Richmond, VA The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) held a learning lab to help states identify advanced strategies for reducing ...
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States Strategize to Reduce Childhood Hunger

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) today announced that 10 states and territories—Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Rhode Island—will participate ...
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Parents and Children Thriving Together: Two-Generation State Policy Network Kickoff Meeting

March 20-22, 2017 | Denver, Colorado The National Governors Association for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) held a kickoff meeting for Parents ...
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State Strategies to Reduce Childhood Hunger

Governors recognize the critical importance of ensuring that school-age children have regular access to healthy meals. Studies show that when children do not have sufficient access to food, they do ...
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NGA 2017 Winter Meeting

NGA 2017 Winter Meeting

Session videos from the National Governors Association Winter Meeting 2017 which took place February 25 & 26 in Washington DC View Full Playlist ...
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Governors, Spouses Discuss Strategies to End Childhood Hunger

WASHINGTON—At a special joint session of the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting including governors and their spouses, Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and NGA Vice Chair Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval co-moderated a session ...
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Child Nutrition

2.1 Preamble Governors recognize the importance of ensuring that children have access to meals of high nutritional value. Yet, far too many of America’s children don’t have reliable access to ...
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