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

State leaders are perennially challenged in balancing both their responsibility to ensure children and families are connected with critical resources and their obligation to maintain the safety and well-being of vulnerable populations. Throughout the pandemic, governors and other state leaders have been working tirelessly on behalf of their constituents to meet these two obligations. This network will enhance states’ work by bringing together a collaborative cohort of state leaders committed to enhancing child and family well-being, allowing them to work together on ways to assess state needs, explore challenges impacting multiple states, and strategize on results-driven improvements. The 2021 Child and Family Well-being Learning Cohort, developed in partnership with Casey Family Programs, will facilitate the development and implementation of state action plans. States will benefit from participating in cross-state working groups where they can share expertise and experiences between teams, participate in high-level national technical assistance workshops, and benefit from tailored technical assistance from NGA and Casey Family Programs. Casey Family Programs will also share learnings from its other related initiatives such as “Thriving Families, Safer Children”.

Learn more about this program and submit your applications by Feb. 26th, 5 p.m. EST.


The states in the Learning Cohort share best practices, engage in peer learning, and connect with national experts around several topics, including: 

  • Using data to identify communities with greater risk for substantiated abuse or neglect claims 
  • Leveraging of state and federal funding  
  • Engaging across state agencies and systems to support child and family well-being 
  • How to coordinate state and community programs and use constituent voices 
  • Working with court systems 

Families in each of the states and across the nation are facing significant financial hardship as a result of the pandemic, including unemployment and food insecurity. Additionally, pandemic-related school and business closures mean that many children and families are further disconnected from supportive services. 

If you represent a governor’s office and are interested in learning more about the cohort, please contact Rosalynd Mosser (rmosser@nga.org).  

2020 Network States

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hawai‘i
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma

Network Resources

  • State Contact Sheet
  • Kick-off Convening Materials
  • Engaging Education Systems in Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect and Supporting Well-being Meeting Material

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