Florida Children and Youth Cabinet

Florida Children and Youth Cabinet

VISION: All children in Florida grow up safe, healthy, educated and prepared to meet their full potential.

MISSION: To ensure that the public policy of Florida relating to children and youth promotes interdepartmental collaboration and program implementation in order for services designed for children and youth to be planned, managed and delivered in a holistic and integrated manner to improve the self-sufficiency, safety, economic stability, health and quality of life of all children and youth in Florida.

On July 11, 2007, legislation was signed by the Governor that created the Children and Youth Cabinet.

The Cabinet is charged with promoting and implementing collaboration, creativity, increased efficiency, information sharing and improved service delivery between and within state agencies and organizations.

As directed by statute, in 2007 the Cabinet developed a shared vision and a Strategic Plan to guide the Cabinet in designing and implementing measurable outcomes and actions that promote collaboration and information sharing.


Below are nine priorities that the Cabinet will focus on during the 2017 Legislative Session.  These priorities align with the Cabinet’s support of the first 1,000 days initiative, as well as the key measurable indicators that have been identified through the Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT 2016 Report.


The Children and Youth Cabinet’s priority headline indicators for the 2017 Legislative Session:


  1. Percentage of low birth-weight babies born in Florida;
  2. Percentage of eligible children, under four years of age, not in school readiness or Early Head Start;
  3. Percentage of children, under four years of age, living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level;
  4. Percentage of infants and toddlers without health insurance;
  5. Children who are under 12 at first arrest;
  6. Percent of victims of verified maltreatment who were not subjects of subsequent reports with verified maltreatment within 6 months (related to children removed from homes and returned or who remain in foster care);
  7. Percent of children that are reading on grade level by fourth grade;
  8. Percent of children with developmental disabilities placed in out of home placements; and
  9. Reduction in the number of preventable child deaths that occur with a focus on ages zero to three.


List of Florida Children and Youth Cabinet members

2016 Florida Children and Youth Cabinet Annual Report

Upcoming meetings and events for the Florida Children’s Youth Cabinet and its members

Next Cabinet Meeting:

Monday, October 2nd, 2017


•        2017 Meeting Materials
•        2016 Meeting Materials
•        2015 Meeting Materials
•        2014 Meeting Materials
•        2013 Meeting Materials 
•        2012 Meeting Materials
•        2011 Meeting Materials


Workgroup Alignment to Children and Youth Focus Areas and Headline Indicators
Workgroup Alignment to Children and Youth Strategic Plan


Cabinet Initiatives:
•     Bullying Prevention Workgroup
•     Business, Finance, and Governance Workgroup
•     Children and Youth Collaboration Services Workgroup
•     Communications Workgroup
•     Crossover Children Workgroup
•     Early Learning Workgroup
•     Legislative Affairs Workgroup
•     Multi-System Children and Youth Workgroup
•     Policy Impact Committee
•     Prevention Investment Strategy Workgroup
•     Technology Workgroup
•     Statewide Suicide Prevention Task Force
•     Youth Commission

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