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.


Next Cabinet Meetings:

August 23, 2019
10:30 a.m.
Orange County – Commission Chambers, Administration Building
201 S. Rosalind Avenue
Orlando FL, 32801
The Orange County Board of Commission Chambers is located on the 1st floor of the Orange County Administration Building
Conference Room Number: 472-450-272

Meeting Materials
Meeting Agenda

•        2019 Meeting Materials
•        2018 Meeting Materials
•        2017 Meeting Materials
•        2016 Meeting Materials
•        2015 Meeting Materials
•        2014 Meeting Materials
•        2013 Meeting Materials 
•        2012 Meeting Materials
•        2011 Meeting Materials

Child Advocacy Group Photo

The Florida Children and Youth Cabinet held a strategic workshop in Tampa on July 20, 2017 with the purpose of defining three areas of action for the Cabinet members to tackle during the next 18 months.

Representative Gayle Harrell and Chair Wansley Walters

Representative Gayle Harrell presented a resolution to Chair Wansley Walters recognizing April 2017 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Florida.


Below are the top three priorities that the Cabinet will be focusing on over the next 18 months:

1) Continued focus on pre-natal to age three (0-3) with an additional focus on the School Readiness of children ensuring children are prepared for kindergarten from ages 3-5;

2) Children living in high poverty areas (safety, health & education); addressing children in poverty; safe and affordable housing (and neighborhoods); and

3) Mental Health & Substance Abuse (safety and health); this includes teens with significant behavioral/mental health issues



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

2018 Legislative Initiatives Supported by the Cabinet

List of Florida Children and Youth Cabinet members

2018 Florida Children and Youth Cabinet Annual Report

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

2017 Planning Retreat Photos

Proclamations Archives

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


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