Past Initiatives

The Children's Cabinet incubates policy ideas and appropriately advances them to lead agencies that are able to implement and sustain the project within their agencies. The Children's Cabinet incubated NYC Unity Project and The Early Years Collaborative.

Growing Up NYC Launch

Through Growing Up NYC, the Children's Cabinet identifies opportunities to better coordinate programs across City Agencies and prioritize investments using research and data. This initiative includes a digital platform for NYC families to identify city services and programming. Learn more

NYC Baby Showers

The Children's Cabinet launched the NYC Baby Shower series in 2015 to celebrate families with new babies, and to provide them with information and resources on how to make the first years healthy and happy. Learn more

First Lady Chirlane McCray, Deputy Mayor Richard Buery Launch "Love Is" Baby Book with Library Tour

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. Learn more

Mayor de Blasio Convenes City Leaders in Support of Children

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. Learn more

NYC Unity Project

In the face of dangerous, divisive rhetoric and policies coming from the Trump administration targeting the LGBTQ community, First Lady Chirlane McCray has launched the NYC Unity Project – the City's first-ever, multi-agency strategy to deliver unique services to LGBTQ youth. This bold commitment incubated by The Children's Cabinet united 16 city agencies to offer new and enhanced programs and support to ensure every LGBTQ young person in NYC is safe, supported, and healthy.

The Early Years Collaborative

The Early Years Collaborative (EYC) now monitored by DOHMH is an effort to promote the wellbeing of children ages 0-3 in the South Bronx (Community District 3) and Brownsville (Community District 16) through a community-based improvement collaborative. The NYC Children's Cabinet has launched a place-based initiative to strengthen coordination and collaboration among organizations within neighborhoods and accelerate the identification of effective strategies to bolster outcomes for young children. The Early Years Collaborative (EYC) brings together approximately 25 Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in Brownsville, Brooklyn (Community District 16) and in the South Bronx (Community District 3) to work together towards shared goals of improving the health and well-being of New York City's youngest children (birth through age three).

In both the South Bronx and Brownsville, EYC is focused on:

  • school readiness
  • secure attachment and safety, and stability

In Brownsville, teams are also taking on the goal of

  • school readiness
  • secure attachment and safety, and stability and
  • improving healthy pregnancies