First Lady Chirlane McCray, Deputy Mayor Richard Buery Launch

    The City launched its two-year commitment to distribute 200,000 baby book bundles. The bundles, donated by Scholastic, will be given to families with children ages zero to three through City agencies and the Reach Out and Read program.

City Agencies Working Together to Support Kids and Families
What We Do
    The Children's Cabinet coordinates and aligns City programs and policies to help NYC youth and families thrive across all five boroughs
Mayor de Blasio Convenes City Leaders in Support of Children
Convening City Leaders
    Mayor Bill de Blasio established the Cabinet in order to build stronger working relationships between City leaders, their agencies and staffs to support children and families
Hillary Clinton Joins Cabinet Leaders to Launch Campaign
Talk to Your Baby
    The "Talk to Your Baby" initiative features a major public awareness campaign and book distribution effort to thousands of new NYC parents

New York City Children's Cabinet

The NYC Children's Cabinet is a multi-agency initiative created by Mayor Bill de Blasio to bolster communication and coordination among city agencies and provides a space to identify and analyze individual and common areas of work that impact child safety and well-being. The Cabinet is chaired by Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Richard Buery, and is comprised of commissioners and directors from 24 City agencies and Mayoral offices.

The Children's Cabinet promotes opportunities to develop partnerships and efficiencies, allowing each agency's efforts to build off each other and produce a greater cumulative impact on youth and their families. Its goals are to:

  • Focus on child safety and well-being within the context of healthy families and communities;
  • Leverage each agency’s leadership to promote synergies between agency staff and remove barriers to collaboration;
  • Promote ongoing, consistent and meaningful communication among City agency leadership; and
  • Take a holistic approach, promoting policies that establish a system of resources and linkages that target the City’s neediest neighborhoods.