Federal Leadership for Children and Youth

Nemours Children's National Office of Policy & Prevention

Securing a Prosperous Future for the Next Generation

Nemours Children’s Health, Mental Health America, First Focus on Children, The Education Redesign Lab at Harvard University,  Forum for Youth Investment and Children's Funding Project have called upon the Biden-Harris Administration to establish a White House Office on Children and Youth and a federal Children’s Cabinet. Children are the future of our nation. Our economic and civic strength and prosperity rely on today’s investment in children and youth. At this critical inflection point for our nation’s future, we need to re-imagine our systems for optimal health, well-being and development for all children and youth.

Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States has a unique opportunity to build a prosperous future for children and youth, and our nation at-large. Please sign on to our letter calling for federal leadership structure for children and youth.

Sign-On Letters

Sign on to support cohesive, national leadership for children and youth.
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See who signed on to a letter to the transition team calling for national leadership for children and youth. Learn More


Watch a Children’s Week briefing to learn how states have utilized children’s cabinets and other leadership structures, and how the federal government can act now to improve outcomes and promote equity for children and youth.
Full Briefing (Video) Highlights (Video)  

Executive Summary

Read a summary of the proposals to elevate an agenda for children and youth. Learn More

Press Release

Read the joint announcement from the organizing partners supporting national leadership for children and youth. Learn More


See why a coordinated, national strategy and budget for children and youth, spearheaded by a new White House Office and Children’s Cabinet, is needed. Learn More


See how a White House Office on Children and Youth and federal Children’s Cabinet could be structured and what their core roles and functions would be. Learn More

Improve Child Health

Differences in social, behavioral and economic factors can affect children’s health and well-being. Here, William McNett, MD, and colleagues describe the many governmental and other systems they must navigate to meet the needs of patients in the Nemours Children's Health, Philadelphia practice.

News and Views

The Case for a Cross-Agency Priority
By Miriam Abaya, First Focus on Children | August 2, 2022.

What Is the Outlook for Addressing Social Determinants of Health?
By Stuart M. Butler, PhD | September 23, 2021

Advocates Ramp Up Campaign For A White House Children
By Dorothy Mills-Gregg | Inside Health Policy | June 22, 2021

From Crisis to Opportunity: Creating a Future Where Children Can Thrive in America
By Daniella Gratale, Joshua Ogburn, Kara Odom Walker, Nathaniel Counts, Bruce Lesley, Elizabeth Gaines, Mary Ellen Wiggins and Jennifer Davis | Moving Health Care Upstream | May 3, 2021

Young People Address the Nation (Video)
By Youth Action Hour | April 30, 2021

Delaware's Kids Can Get the Services They Need — if Biden Leads. Here Is Why | Opinion
By Kara Odom Walker and Kirsten Olson | The News Journal | April 29, 2021

Creating an Agenda for Children's Resiliency and Health
By Kara Odom Walker, Josh Rising and Daniella Gratale | Health Affairs | April 21, 2021

Building Systems of Integrated Student Support: A Policy Brief for Federal Leaders | The Center for Optimized Student Support
By Boston College | February 2021

Dear President Biden: We Need a White House Office on Children and Youth
By Dr. Larry Moss and Bruce Lesley | Morning Consult | January 25, 2021

Advice From Two Experts on How Biden and Harris Can Tackle America’s Child-Care Crisis
By Valerie Strauss | The Washington Post | January 24, 2021

An Issue That Can Unite the Country: Kids
By Bruce Lesley | Inside Sources | January 19, 2021

What America’s Kids Need Now: Biden Should Marshal the Nation to Address the Dire Condition of U.S. Children
By Norm Ornstein and James Harvey | New York Daily News | Decemebr 26, 2020

Open Letter to the Incoming Biden Administration on Next Generation Community Schools
By Rebecca Wintrop | The Brookings Institution | December 18, 2020

The Lack of a National Policy Agenda for Children During Covid-19 — and Beyond — Causes Grave Harm
By Stephen Patrick | STAT | August 31, 2020


Children's Funding Project
2101 L St. NW., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20037

The Education Redesign Lab at Harvard University
50 Church St., 4th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138

First Focus on Children
1400 Eye St. NW., Suite 650, Washington, DC 20005

Forum for Youth Investment
7064 Eastern Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20012

Mental Health America
500 Montgomery St., Suite 820, Alexandria, VA 22314

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