By Melissa Mincic
Collaboration between state and local governments can support healthy child development, particularly among infants and toddlers.
To promote intergovernmental action on prenatal-to-3 policies, NCSL is partnering with the National League of Cities (NLC) and the National Association of Counties Research Foundation (NACoRF) to host intergovernmental meetings focused on policy solutions to issues families are facing.
NCSL, NLC and NACoRF will host two meetings each over the next two years.
Register now for the first meeting, a Fireside Chat, to be hosted by NLC on March 16.
The Fireside Chat will feature a trio of Milwaukee officials: Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive David Crawley and Chief of Staff Bethany Rasmussen, and Wisconsin Senator Joan Ballweg (R) to discuss collaboration across governmental levels in the state of Wisconsin and why it’s important to promote the health and well-being of infants and toddlers from a systems perspective.
“Early childhood systems are improved when our municipal, county and state leaders work together,” said Dr. Robert Blaine, director of the Institute for Youth, Education and Families at NLC. “NLC is proud to partner with the National Conference of State Legislatures and National Association of Counties Research Foundation in facilitating these important collaborations on behalf of infants, young children, and their families.”
Later in the series, NACoRF and NCSL will host meetings to add context from county and state perspectives. “Counties provide innovative programs and services to an estimated 16 million children ages zero to three. We work with our state and local partners to improve coordination, invest in our youngest residents and build a brighter future for communities across America,” said NACoRF director Matthew Chase.
“City, county and state governments are all trying to ensure positive outcomes for infants and toddlers. I expect these meetings will help policymakers achieve even more through coordinated intergovernmental work,” said Wade Fickler, director of NCSL’s Children and Families Program.
Legislators and staff members can look forward to new learning opportunities and resources to come from this collaboration.
Melissa Mincic is a senior policy specialist in NCSL's Children and Families Program.