Council Archives

The Council Archives contain useful but no longer current information on Council initiatives and publications. The archives are organized alphabetically. The purpose of the archives is to keep our website current, while not losing the historical benefits that these initiatives and publications hold.

Archive Publications

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Former Initiatives

Children's Cabinet

The Governor’s Children’s Cabinet (referred to as Children’s Cabinet) was established by Executive Order on June 12, 2007. The Governor recognized that to ensure the well-being and future success and development of New York State, it is essential to provide improved services to children in the areas of health, education, safety and general child welfare. Governmental programs must collaborate to develop and implement effective, efficient and coordinated service delivery to ensure that all of New York’s children are given an equal opportunity to reach their full potential.

Children's Plan

The Children’s Plan (pdf) represents a blueprint helping to build an understanding of ways that family engagement, support and youth voice play essential roles in developing the emotional well-being of children. The federal Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP) principles are embraced in the Plan to ensure that every aspect of this Plan is built from a foundation of strengthening and supporting families.

Community Justice

Community Justice is an approach to crime and delinquency that includes the community in criminal justice processes and is concerned with improving the quality of community life and addressing the needs of victims. Community Justice is defined by three principle elements: A focus on community, emphasizing partnerships between the justice system and community organizations; Use of restorative justice, which repairs the harm caused by crime; and The effective reintegration of offenders to enhance public safety and reduce recidivism. The Council, has provided restorative practices training to over 1,000 individuals and has provided technical assistance to over 100 state- and local-level initiatives.

Coordinated Childrens' Services Initiative (CCSI)

The CCSI is unique in its ability to work across and within a broad range of child and family service systems. There is no locally prescribed programmatic component to the Initiative beyond the formation of local teams that develop individualized service plans and collaborate on system-wide coordination and improvement. Localities are encouraged to develop approaches that will best serve their target populations and that compliment existing or anticipated efforts to improve services to children and their families.

Coordinated Childrens' Services Initiative (CCSI) Resources

Early Childhood Career Development

Since the early 1990's, the Council on Children and Families worked with early care and education professionals to strengthen and expand opportunities for those exploring careers in early childhood and school-age programs, as well as those already working in the field. For more information, visit

Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems

In 2003, the NYS Department of Health received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to plan, develop and implement the Early Childhood Comprehensive System Project in New York State. The aim of the Early Childhood Comprehensive System (ECCS) Project is to build an integrated early childhood service system that meets the needs of young children and their families.


ENGAGE brands the desire, commitment and vision of the Commissioners' Cross-systems Committee to support services that build upon families' strengths and abilities to raise their children. ENGAGE also symbolizes opportunities to cultivate and sustain cooperative, cross-systems relations among state agencies, develop meaningful connections with young people and their families, and deliver needed supports through collaborative service designs. The Commissioners embrace the concept that family engagement, support and youth voice play essential roles in developing the social and emotional learning, health and well-being of children.

Facts About 50 PLUS

Facts About 50 Plus in New York is a data resource that highlights the multiple roles held by adults aged 50 and older, providing information about this population within the context of family, work, and community. The information is drawn from multiple data sources and allow users to thoroughly portray the status, circumstances and condition of adults aged 50 and older for use in policy development, planning and action steps.

Family Literacy Alliance

Recognizing the importance of high quality family literacy services in the lives of Head Start and other low-income children and families, the Council, in partnership with the NYS Head Start Association and the State Education Department's Even Start Program, initiated the development of the New York State Alliance for Family Literacy. Funded from 1999-2003, the New York State Alliance for Family Literacy was a consortium of state agencies, early childhood and adult education programs, family literacy provides, libraries, colleges and universities, and other organizations involved in the provision of literacy education.

Family Support

Family Support and Youth Development share core principles and a common goal of ensuring the healthy, productive well-being of children and families. The Council promotes the integration of these principles into policy and practice through its involvement in Partners for Children and the Youth Development Team as well as its leadership role in the creation of the Family Development Credential. For more information, visit

NYS Success

New York State has a long history of integrating and implementing Systems of Care (SOC) at the local level dating back to the 1990's. NYS Success aims to expand System of Care to all counties across the state above New York City and Long Island by creating a statewide structure and network of communities and state agencies working together to create sustainable, beneficial change to coordinate supports.


The NYS Touchstones vision is that all children, youth and families will be healthy and have the knowledge, skills and resources to succeed in a dynamic society. The Touchstones framework is organized by six major life areas: Economic Security; Physical and Emotional Health; Education; Citizenship; Family; and Community.

Restraint/Crisis Intervention Techniques Committee

Established within the Council by law in 2006 (Social Services Law section 483-e), this Committee identifies the most effective, least restrictive and safest techniques to modify the behavior of children residing in or being served by a program approved by a State agency and who are at risk of harming themselves or another person. The Committee includes the commissioners of the Office of Children and Family Services, Office of Mental Health, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Department of Health and State Education Department; statewide and regional provider organizations; mental health professionals who provide direct care to children; and, parents of children requiring special services.

Project LAUNCH

The NYS Council on Children and Families was awarded a five year (2009-2014) federal $4.25 million Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health) grant to promote the wellness of young children from birth to 8 years of age by addressing the physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of their development and better integrating health and mental health services for them.

2020 Census - Get Prepared

This initiative is intended to help localities across the state prepare for the 2020 Census. Information is provided about the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA), Intern/Community Partnerships and more

2020 Census - Get Prepared Resources