Published by the National League of Cities (NLC), “Municipal Leadership for Children and Families in Small and Mid-Sized Cities” describes innovative strategies from more than 40 cities and towns across the country. The report contains examples of city leadership in areas such as early childhood development, education, health and safety, family economic success, neighborhood revitalization, and youth civic engagement. Visitwww.nlc.org/smallcitiesto view the report.
Rock Hill was selected for inclusion in the report for our #1 Question: Is it Good for the Children? initiative. The #1 Question initiative calls on community partners to ask, “Is it good for the children?” when deciding if their plans are in the best interests of children in the community. Each entity has developed its own approach to ensure that children and youth remain a high priority. The volunteer-led and city-sponsored Commission for Children and Youth provided the spark for this initiative when it launched an awareness campaign in 2006.
NLC’s new report is designed to provide municipal leaders with new ideas and inspiration to guide local action on behalf of young people and families in their communities. The report draws upon information gathered from surveys, interviews, and a scan of promising practices identified by NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families and state municipal leagues. It explores the unique challenges and opportunities facing small and mid-sized cities that seek to improve outcomes for children and youth.
The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.