In the News

Learn more about the work of the Poughkeepsie Children's Cabinet through the news articles below!


May 14, 2021 

Poughkeepsie On The Rise

Harvard ED. Magazine

By rekindling old relationships and cultivating new ones, a conversation turned an idea into a catalytic opportunity. With Kylynn and James, we hosted the Poughkeepsie Summit at Harvard, convening 25 local leaders to reimagine public education and youth development in our city. The meeting was the genesis of The Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet, a collective impact organization geared towards establishing a citywide cradle-to-career agenda for children, youth, and families. Since its inception, the cabinet has received major support from the Ed School’s EdRedesign Lab and their By All Means initiative. This convergence of thought partnerships has helped bolster the cabinet’s role in coordinating COVID-19 response in our city and creating a common vision for addressing the socioeconomic determinants that impact learning.

July 1, 2020 

Pandemic Pivot: Educators Re-Examine Long-Held Assumptions


“When the pandemic hit, cabinet members stepped up to ensure students had needed resources. Nubian Directions II, Inc., provided free Wi-Fi access to high-need Poughkeepsie neighborhoods. The Poughkeepsie Public Library District loaned about 50 Wi-Fi hotspots and the cabinet has raised $62,000 to support the purchase of Chromebooks and internet access for students in need.

‘We had this ability to respond in a comprehensive and collaborative way to the crisis in many respects, especially as it related to the school system at a time of great stress,’ Rolison says.”

May 13, 2021 

The COVID-19 Experience Shows Government Budgeting Can Become More Nimble

The Brookings Institution

The PCC was a critical coordinating organization and is an example of community leaders working creatively within their means and legal guidelines to break down traditional service barriers and make a positive impact in their community. In their own words last year: “What the COVID-19 crisis has revealed is that now more than ever before, there is a need for systems change that promotes the integration of educational services with comprehensive health and social services to address critical barriers to learning and whole-child development.”


June 16, 2020 

Poughkeepsie joins By All Means consortium

The Harvard Gazette

“‘We are so impressed with the commitment and good work in Poughkeepsie. Community leaders have meaningfully come together to prioritize children’s well-being. We’re thrilled to have Poughkeepsie as a member of Harvard’s By All Means initiative,’ said Paul Reville, founding director of EdRedesign and former Massachusetts Secretary of Education. 


As the newest member of By All Means, Poughkeepsie becomes the tenth community nationwide to be invited into the program, joining a select group of communities from across the country.”


March 2, 2020 

Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet up and running

Mid-Hudson News

“While schools are of central importance in children’s lives, it is important to recognize that children spend much more time out of the classroom than in it, the officials note. Therefore, children’s cabinets are designed to facilitate cooperation and collaboration among schools, cities and other public services and institutions that children interact with outside the classroom, including libraries, health clinics, social workers and after-school programs.”’

October 8, 2019

City of Poughkeepsie organizations to connect in support of area children

Poughkeepsie Journal

“The cabinet partnerships aim to create common goals, share and compare data and address gaps or duplications in resources to "craft better policies and decisions," while addressing the youth's holistic needs as they develop, according to the release.”


September 19, 2019

City of Poughkeepsie launches new Children’s Cabinet

The Miscellany News  (Vassar College)

“Watson summarized the important roles that individual players, such as the returning alums, organizations across the city and the mayor’s office all held in the development of the Children’s Cabinet... ‘It starts from a basic premise. There are a lot of opportunities as well as economic resources in our community that exist and aren’t being as leveraged as well as they could to transform the realities of children.’”