Who We Are & What We Do:
Our Core Values
Ensure Children and Youth Come First
Cultivate Sustainable Community Leadership
Catalyze Systems of Opportunity for ALL In and Out-of-School
Embrace Equity, Joy and Justice
Scale Impact through Citywide Coordination and Alignment
What are Children's Cabinets?
An Emerging Systems Change Approach for Children, Youth and Families
Imagine if leaders of all of the agencies and organizations that serve children and youth in your community came together at one table to improve their collective ability to meet the needs of kids. Picture your superintendent talking with your head of libraries, strategizing with your health commissioner, and collaborating with your summer and after school providers to create a civic ecosystem that enables all children to thrive. We call this a children’s cabinet.
Across the nation, Children's Cabinets are, "advancing a new paradigm for systems of support and opportunity for children and youth using coalition building and policy change. Children's Cabinets are collaborative action bodies composed of agencies inside and outside of government, with responsibilities and interests in seeing children thrive in school and in life."
A children’s cabinet provides a space for government agencies and community stakeholders (such as your children’s hospital, United Way, or Boys and Girls Club) to create a shared vision for kids in your community and then work together to make that vision a reality. By seamlessly coordinating the supports and services that your community provides, children’s cabinets address young people’s holistic needs as they grow and develop.
-Excerpts sourced from Harvard EdRedesign Lab Local Children's Cabinet Toolkit
The PCC is a member of the Local Children's Cabinet Network with 40+ communities across the US and Canada supported by the Forum for Youth Investment, Children's Funding Project and the Harvard EdRedesign Lab. Additionally, the City of Poughkeepsie recently became the 10th community in the nation to join the Harvard EdRedesign By All Means Initiative, a national initiative supporting cities in the development of cross-sector systems of child well-being and education.
What is the Executive Committee?
A CITYWIDE COMMITMENT TO OUR CHILDREN
The Executive Committee is composed of leaders from the faith-based community, philanthropy and business, city and county government, nonprofits and community-based organizations, hospitals and health networks, elected officials and the Poughkeepsie City School District. The Executive Committee convenes leaders of major local institutions with the platform to support high-impact systems-level solutions that serve children, youth and families in the City of Poughkeepsie.
What are Cabinet Working Groups?
Cabinet Timeline at a Glance
February - June 2020
Announcement of PCC Executive Committee by the Mayor and Superintendent of Schools (February)
PCC secures a startup challenge grant from the Dyson Foundation
Initial PCC Executive Committee meetings
Launch of Cabinet COVID-19 Response Task Forces.
Cabinet Support of PCSD Digital Inclusion Efforts and Citywide COVID-19 Communications and Resources for Families
June - August 2020
City of Poughkeepsie receives an invitation to become the 10th community in the nation to join the Harvard EdRedesign Lab By all Means Initiative
Selection of Cabinet-wide metrics of success
Finalized fundraising for startup Cabinet staffing
Finalize plan for Cabinet Working Groups Launch, Co-Chair and Members Nomination Process
Selection of Co-chairs for Early Childhood and Out-of-school Enrichment and Learning
Design of citywide youth engagement strategy in partnership with Marist College Center for Social Justice Research.
Finalize integrated student supports proposal with Poughkeepsie City School District, Dutchess County Path to Promise and Boston College Lynch School of Education City Connects Program
January Launch of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Working Groups
Mid-year Launch of additional two Working Groups: College, Career and Civic Readiness; Integrated Health and Human Services
Implementation of citywide youth engagement strategy.
Finalization of permanent Cabinet staffing infrastructure.
Begin to finalize working group recommendations for citywide implementation.
Working Towards Equitable Systems of Support
for — and with — Young People
The PCC Working Groups are coalitions of individuals with lived experience and professional expertise tasked with developing a citywide agenda of priorities in key areas of child and youth development.
Working Groups will be composed of a diversity of community leaders with a demonstrated track record in social impact and who will incorporate the perspectives of key stakeholder groups deeply impacted by issues of equity. Working Groups will guide the decision-making process of the PCC Executive Committee and its institutional partners.
Below we provide key information on our four Working Groups.
The four Working Groups of the Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet are time-limited, solutions-oriented interdisciplinary teams focusing on the following topics:
Learn more about what the working
groups will do by clicking here.