Gov. McAuliffe Creates 'Children's Cabinet'

Aug. 11, 2014

Governor Terry McAuliffe is forming a new "Children's Cabinet" to focus on improving conditions of Virginia's youth.

Gov. McAuliffe announced Monday that the cabinet will help foster collaboration between various state and local agencies.

The governor said one of his top priorities would be to help improve schools in low-income communities.

Several of the governor's cabinet members will be part of the new group, as well as First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe.

The Children’s Cabinet will focus on five specific priority areas:

- Eradicating the achievement gap in schools in high poverty communities.
- Increasing access to basic needs including housing, healthcare, and proper nutrition.
- Improving outcomes for youth transitioning out of Virginia’s juvenile justice, mental health and foster care systems.
- Increasing workforce opportunities for parents and for youth as they transition out of high school.
- Improving early childhood care and education.

The governor also created the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success. It will be led by Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam.

“Both the Children’s Cabinet and the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success will help ensure that Virginia’s children live happy and productive lives,” said the governor.

Both groups were created by executive order.

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