In September, Mayor Cooper announced his Agenda for Nashville’s Young People with the ultimate and ambitious goal of making Nashville the best place in the south to grow up. As part of that Agenda, Nashville will be launching its first ever municipal Children’s Cabinet. This effort is part of a larger goal to increase the city’s alignment and coordination to meet the growing and diverse needs of students and families. The Children’s Cabinet is a convening of all local metropolitan government agencies that serve children and youth that prioritizes improvement and collective impact to meet the needs of students. In most municipalities, there is no designated forum for regular collaboration among all government agencies that service children and youth. A children’s cabinet provides a space for local government agencies to develop a shared vision for children in the Nashville community, and then work together to make that vision a reality. By seamlessly coordinating supports and services that our community provides, the Children’s Cabinet will address young people’s holistic needs as they grow and develop. Creating common goals, sharing and comparing data, and addressing gaps or application in resources will allow Nashville government department heads to create and maintain stronger policies and more holistic decision making. These policies and decisions will allow the programs and services that they govern to have an even greater impact on children and youth. By bridging silos and driving collaborative action, the Children’s Cabinet will align resources, close programming gaps and reduce duplication, and prepares all children and young people to grow and thrive from birth to adulthood. The Children’s Cabinet will be one of the structures that promotes and actively maintains municipal alignment of resources to promote the holistic, diverse needs of youth. The cabinet will meet monthly from February to May and quarterly starting July 2024.