The Children, Youth & Families Collaborative Commission
City's First Children and Youth Master Plan
The Children, Youth & Families Collaborative Commission developed the Children and Youth Master Plan as the basis for the coordination, alignment and delivery of effective services to all city children and youth from birth to 21 years-old and their families. Adopted by City Council on June 24, 2014 and by the ACPS School Board on May 17, 2014, the plan establishes long-term, community-wide priorities for youth as well as the specific action steps necessary to realize those priorities. The goals of the plan are to ensure that all children and youth are healthy and safe, academically and vocationally prepared, and socially and civically connected.
History and Background
The City Council established the Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission in June 2011, replacing the Early Childhood Commission and the Youth Policy Commission. It is comprised of twenty-nine community leaders and key staff of the City of Alexandria and Alexandria City Public Schools: twenty-five voting members and four non-voting members. Seventeen of the voting members are residents, four are city staff members, and four are staff members of Alexandria City Public Schools. Activities of the past year are featured in the 2013-14 CYFCC Annual Report.
In addition, CYFCC has seven committees comprised of commission members (who serve as committee chairs) and members of the community with a demonstrated interest in issues involving children, youth and families. The committees are the Executive Committee; Advocacy and Policy Committee; Finance and Grants Committee; Outreach and Membership Committee; Research and Data Committee; Implementation and Monitoring Committee; and Youth Council. Community members wishing to serve on a CYFCC committee should submit an application.
Development of the Children and Youth Master Plan
After a competitive bidding process, the Forum for Youth Investment was selected as the consultant to guide the children and youth master plan process. Thirty-five community leaders served on the Design Team, which led the development process for the youth master plan. Three community forums afforded residents of all ages and all walks of life the opportunity to share their thoughts on the content and priorities of the youth master plan. Forums were also held for students at Alexandria City Public Schools secondary schools. A companion document featuring the data that was the basis of the Children and Youth Master Plan was also published.
Plan and Related Documents
Alexandria Children and Youth Well-Being Profile
Children and Youth Master Plan Overview
Approved Children and Youth Master Plan
CYFCC Agendas & Meeting Notes
Strategic Plans & Other Resources