“These policymakers have changed the way children’s issues are approached in their states and in Washington,” said long-time youth advocate Karen Pittman, founder and CEO of the Forum. “They have made tremendous strides in aligning policies, maximizing scarce resources and coordinating services across departments to help ensure that all children grow up safe, healthy, educated and prepared to join the workforce.”
What’s more, Pittman noted, “All of this has been accomplished as a result of an impressive, sustained and increasingly unique bipartisan effort.”
Several of the awards recognize the work of children’s cabinets, which are composed of leaders from state agencies that are involved in youth issues, who meet regularly to coordinate services, policies, funding and other resources in order to make those services as efficient and effective as possible.
The winners are: