Child and Family Well-Being Learning Cohort

The Child and Family Well-Being Learning Cohort is hosted by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and Casey Family Programs. Through the end of the year, the network will join governor’s office representatives, state human services executives, child welfare leaders, education leaders and others in a collaborative network to coordinate strategic solutions to preventing child abuse and neglect and ensuring child and family well-being.

2021 Child and Family Well-being Learning Cohort

As families and communities face continued uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, eight states have joined a network that will bring together Governors’ offices, child welfare leaders, state human services and education officials, and nonprofit partners to collaborate on strategies that improve and support child and family well-being.

This network builds off the success of a previous learning cohort that assisted a number of states in developing partnerships between education and child welfare agencies to help meet the needs of children and families while schools operated virtually.

The new network will enhance states’ efforts by assembling a cohort of state leaders committed to enhancing child and family well-being so they can collaborate and jointly assess state needs, explore challenges affecting multiple states, and strategize to achieve results-driven improvements.

2021 Network States

  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hawai‘i
  • Kansas
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

The ongoing health and economic challenges exacerbated by COVID-19 prove we cannot entirely rely on existing systems like those of mandated reporting, in-school surveillance and the old ways of doing business. These systems were not built to alleviate the stress on families, yet we know safe and stable environments and relationships can help every child to thrive. The Child and Family Well-Being Learning Cohort provides state leaders an opportunity to work together toward building more effective and inclusive partnerships to ensure that all children and families have access to the opportunities and supports they need to thrive.

David Sanders, Executive Vice President, Casey Family Programs

As part of the network, participating states will:

  • Engage with a collaborative network of innovative state leaders to develop and coordinate solutions that improve child abuse and neglect prevention and support child and family well-being;
  • Enjoy access to innovative tools designed by peers in the field and be paired with experts engaged by the NGA Center and Casey Family Programs; and
  • Receive in-depth technical assistance tailored to state-specific goals, including workshops, webinars, facilitated peer-to-peer learning and more.

The cohort will remain open to additional states for participation and will continue to meet regularly on a monthly basis throughout the year. States interested in joining the cohort should contact Rosalynd Mosser (rmosser@nga.org).  


2020 Network States

2020 network participants were: Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawai‘i, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Oklahoma. 2020 network resources can be found here (password required.)