ERIC Number: ED450187
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
City Voices, Children's Needs: New Ways of Taking Action.
This publication summarizes challenges and emerging issues that cities face as they respond to the needs of children and families. Data come from in-depth interviews with officials from 28 cities that participate in the National League of Cities' Municipalities in Transition Project, a high-level research effort drawing on information and experiences from a diverse group of cities nationwide. Interviews focused on: critical issues and challenges related to young people and their families; underlying factors that brought these issues to the fore; how the city is responding; what is working; what is making work harder; and in what areas the city would do more if it had appropriate knowledge and resources. Key findings include: cities are redefining their relationships with schools to help address concerns about school improvement and academic achievement; city leaders are worried about violence by and against youth, and they see greater investment in positive youth development as an important way to reduce violence; the effects of underemployment and lagging wages experienced by low-skilled workers in the new economy are intensifying problems facing children and families; and most cities are highly involved in collaborative strategies to address child and family issues. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Child Development, Child Safety, City Government, Cooperative Planning, Day Care, Diversity (Student), Early Childhood Education, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Problems, Health Insurance, Housing, Municipalities, Racial Bias, School Community Relationship, Underemployment, Violence, Wages, Youth Programs
Center for Public Affairs, National League of Cities, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20004-1763. Tel: 202-626-3000; Web site: http://www.nlc.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National League of Cities, Washington, DC. Inst. for Youth, Education, and Families.