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 2015-16 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 Monitoring Committee, and Community Engagement. Community members wishing to serve on a CYFCC committee should submit an application.
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.
Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission Champions of Children Awards 2017
The Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission’s Champions of Children Awards is seeking to recognize individuals who have been instrumental in implementing the strategies of the Children and Youth Master Plan (CYMP). The Champions of Children Awards celebrate the unsung heroes in our community whose tireless efforts advance the CYMP goals. The Awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of individuals instrumental in implementing the effective strategies that support improved outcomes for children and youth.
2017 Award Categories – Children And Youth Master Plan Goals
Awards may be given to up to two individuals in each of the following five categories based on the Children and Youth Master Plan’s five goals:
- Goal 1 – Every child will be physically safe and healthy.
- Goal 2 – Every child will be academically successful and career ready.
- Goal 3 – Every child will be socially connected, emotionally secure, and culturally competent.
- Goal 4 – Every family will be equipped and empowered to effectively support the well-being of their children.
- Goal 5 – Alexandria’s systems and institutions will be responsive, coordinated, efficient and effective in service to children and families.
Nominations should be made of individuals who exemplify one or more of the following criteria:
- Foster strategic partnerships with other government, private sector, volunteer or non-profit organizations
- Demonstrate strategic thinking and/or leadership by recognizing an important issue, linking that issue to a collective vision and developing initiatives based on a long-term view
- Demonstrate a commitment to promoting access to high quality programming and services for ALL children, youth and families
- Promote best practices for children and families
- Make significant contributions toward facilitating and implementing policies
- Devise innovative and creative ways to address persistent challenges
- Ensure continuous alignment with goals of the Children & Youth Master Plan
Nominations must be received by Friday, May 12, 2017. Nominees should plan to be present at the Champion of Children’s Awards reception on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
- The nominee must be a resident of the City of Alexandria or the work for which he/she is being nominated must benefit children and youth in Alexandria.
- Members of the Alexandria Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission are not eligible.
- City and School staff members who currently staff or directly support the efforts of the Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission are not eligible.
- Elected officials or candidates for office are not eligible.
- Individuals may nominate themselves.
CYFCC Agendas & Meeting Notes
2014-2015 CYFCC Annual Report - August 2015
Strategic Plans & Other Resources
- ACPS 2020: Every Student Succeeds -- June 2016
- Developmental Assets: A Profile of Your Youth -- June 2016
- Early Childhood Education Work Group's (ECEW) Common Agenda: Early Care and Education in Alexandria, VA - October 2015
- Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2013 - 2014 -- October 2015
- A Needs Assessment of the Alexandria Human Services System - June 2008