Partnership members are leaders in their states and localities, providing evidence-based data and analysis, bringing together broad coalitions, and drawing on a multitude of skills and strategies to improve the policies and programs that strengthen children and their families.
Multi-issue, recognizing the needs of the whole child and therefore advocating for children from cradle to adulthood.
Independent, setting their own agendas based solely on what is best for children.
Nonpartisan, providing rigorous, evidence-based data and analysis to all policymakers.
Nonprofit, putting the needs of children and their families first.
Rhonda Mann, Interim Chief Executive Officer
[email protected] / 334-213-2410
In 2023, we will publish the 30th Edition of the Alabama Kids Count Data Book. As our organization rebuilds we are excited for the opportunities to continue to raise awareness of the issues facing our children. Legislative wins in 2023 added another $30 million investment in QRIS for quality child care and an additional $12 million investment in Alabama’s #1 rated First Class Pre-K.
Kelley Murphy, Interim President and CEO
Children’s Action Alliance’s annual Through the Eyes of a Child luncheon features a silent auction of donated student artwork and youth entertainment like a high school marching band.
Keesa Smith, Executive Director
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2022; one of its founders was Hillary Clinton.
Ted Lempert, President
Children Now is a California-based research, policy development, and advocacy organization dedicated to improving children’s health, education, and overall well-being. Children Now is employing a game-changing, scalable model to improve children’s advocacy and ensure that all kids, prenatal to age 26, have the supports they need to reach their full potential.
Robert C. Fellmeth, CAI Executive Director
The Children’s Advocacy Institute (CAI) is an academic, research, and advocacy organization working to strengthen the rights and improve the health, safety, and well-being of all children and youth, while educating current and future child advocates. In addition to having trained over 1,000 USD Law students to be effective child advocates, CAI has achieved meaningful reforms for children and youth at the state and federal levels through legislative and regulatory advocacy, impact litigation, and public education.
Mayra Alvarez, President
The Children’s Partnership (TCP) is a California advocacy organization advancing child health equity through research, policy and community engagement. We envision a California where all children – regardless of their race, ethnicity or place of birth – have the resources and opportunities they need to grow up healthy and thrive.
John Merz, CEO of Advancing Connecticut Together
CAHS focuses on both policy and program development to move kids and families out of poverty, and our policy agenda is strongly informed by our program work and our more than 100 program partners.
Emily Byrne, Executive Director
Connecticut Voices for Children is a research and advocacy organization working in the state and nationally to advance economic justice. As researchers and advocates, we know that financial security for families, particularly families of color and especially Black and Latiné families in Connecticut, is primarily determined by the historically rooted and racist policies and practices that affect affordable housing, criminal and foster youth justice, fair employment, and tax equity, which is why we prioritize these intersectional issues.
Janice Barlow, Director, KIDS COUNT in Delaware; Policy Scientist, Center for Community Research & Service, Biden School of Public Policy & Administration, University of Delaware
Devoted to improving the well-being on our state’s children, youth and their families, KIDS COUNT in Delaware has been using highly credible research, data collection and education to inform change on behalf of children for over 25 years. KIDS COUNT in Delaware is a collaborative effort of over forty organizations that is housed within the Center for Community Research & Service at the University of Delaware.
Kimberly Perry, Executive Director
At DC Action, we know the District’s young people can accomplish anything when they have a fair chance. And we also know how much stands in their way — particularly our young people most affected by poverty and racism. These are powerful injustices, and they must be met with an equally powerful response.
We’re uniting all those fighting on behalf of DC’s children and youth to pursue a single, shared vision for what it looks like to grow up in our city. Because, while childhood exists on a continuum from birth to adulthood, the systems, programs and organizations designed to support our children and youth are too often fragmented by age.
Together with our young people, parents and community partners, we’re advocating with one voice for public policies that support kids at every step from early childhood to early adulthood. We are stronger, louder and more effective together. And, whether we are focused on helping a toddler learn her letters or a young man pursue his professional passion, we share one goal: that all of DC’s children and youth grow up safe, resilient, powerful, and heard.
Caitlin McMunn Dooley, Ph.D., Executive Director
Voices for Georgia’s Children, founded in 2003, is the only comprehensive policy and advocacy organization committed to improving the lives of children in Georgia. Voices is comprised of insiders, conveners and experts. We are pragmatic, data-driven, nonpartisan, and focused on equitable, comprehensive policy solutions for Georgia’s children. Our work is framed in a holistic “whole child” perspective that allows us to identify how different policies impact children and to propose solutions that benefit children on multiple levels.
Deborah Zysman, Executive Director
Hawaii Children’s Action Network’s Senior Community Engagement Specialist often calls community meetings to order by singing children’s songs.
Dr. Tasha Green Cruzat, President
Children’s Advocates for Change is an independent advocacy organization committed to the well-being of every Illinois child. We champion those policies and investments children need so that they are educated, healthy, and thriving.
John Brandon, President and Executive Director
MCCOY has published and distributed the Youth Activity Directory (YAD) – a comprehensive listing of programs that serve youth in central Indiana – for 19 years. In 2015, the YAD was made into a free online app.
John Wilson, President
Kansas Action for Children’s mission is to shape health, education, and economic policy that will improve the lives of Kansas children and families. Since 1979, KAC has worked across the political spectrum to improve the lives of Kansas children through bipartisan advocacy, partnership, and information-sharing on key issues. KAC works with policymakers, local organizations, and fellow advocates to inform sound policy, foster collaboration, and promote an equitable tax system.
Terry Brooks, Executive Director
Kentucky Youth Advocates is the independent voice for Kentucky kids. We advocate for policies that give all children the best possible opportunities for a brighter future.
Stephanie Eglinton, Executive Director
The Maine Children’s Alliance advocates for sound public policies and promotes best practices to improve the lives of all Maine children, youth, and families. Since 1994, MCA has advanced the interests of children and families through legislative and administrative advocacy, data and research, and partnership and collaboration.
Matt Gillard, President and CEO
Michigan’s Children connects lawmakers directly to young people through their Kidspeak events that simulate legislative hearings and allow youth to set the agenda.
Claudnyse (Nyse) D. Holloman, President and CEO
Voices for Children serving Genesee and Shiawassee counties, with locations in Flint and Owasso, Michigan, is a Child Advocacy Center serving as a voice and advocate for all children throughout the communities we serve. Voices for Children serves (1) child survivors of abuse and neglect and their families (including human trafficking), (2) with safety and prevention education, and (3) advocacy for the well-being of the whole child and for every child. Voices for Children is shining a light so all children are empowered, and all families are thriving.
Juliet Summers, Executive Director
We envision a Nebraska with strong communities where every child has all they need to lead a healthy, secure, and fulfilling life.
Holly Welborn, Executive Director
The Children’s Advocacy Alliance (CAA) is a community-based nonprofit organization that mobilizes people, resources and reason to ensure every child has a chance to thrive and to make Nevada a better place to live and raise a family.
Mary Coogan, President/CEO
Advocates for Children of New Jersey’s roots grew out of some of the earliest efforts in New Jersey to protect abused and abandoned children. It is in part the successor organization to the Newark Orphan Asylum, which was established in 1847.
Jennifer March, Executive Director
CCC was founded in 1944 by a group of New Yorkers, including Eleanor Roosevelt, who believed that every one had a role to play in making New York City a better place for children. CCC’s advocacy combines public policy research and data analysis with citizen action. We cast light on the issues, educate the public, engage allies, and identify and advocate for practical solutions to ensure that every New York City child is healthy, housed, educated and safe. At the heart of CCC’s fact-based advocacy is Keeping Track of New York City’s Children, the most comprehensive compilation of data on children at the municipal level.
Kate Breslin, President and CEO
The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, New York State’s policy voice, was founded by Louisa Lee Schuyler, great-granddaughter of Alexander Hamilton.
Larry Marx, Chief Executive Officer
The Children’s Agenda has more than 5,500 people in its Action Network. These individuals and organizations send messages to legislators at the city, county, state and federal levels to advocate for policies that support the well-being of children, especially those who are vulnerable due to poverty, racism, health inequities and trauma.
Allison Lake, Executive Director
Westchester Children’s Association believes every child should be healthy, safe and prepared for life’s challenges. Since 1914, our mission has been to improve the lives of Westchester’s young people by shaping policies and programs to meet their needs, and by keeping their well-being at the top of the public agenda.
Erica Palmer Smith, Executive Director
NC Child advances public policies to ensure that every child in North Carolina has the opportunity to thrive – whatever their race, ethnicity, or place of birth.
Mark M. Mecum, Chief Executive Officer
Ohio’s oldest statewide child advocacy organization. Focused on empowering kids, strengthening families, and building a brighter future for Ohio.
Joe Dorman, Chief Executive Officer
Our Mission: “Creating awareness, taking action, and supporting policy to improve the health, safety, and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.”
Jenifer Wagley, Executive Director
Our Children Oregon is advancing equitable policymaking and whole-child advocacy statewide to ensure our children and youth have what they need, regardless of their race, their ability, or where they live, to thrive by activating meaningful change for children and families.
Donna Cooper, Executive Director
Nearly 2.8 million children call Pennsylvania home, and Children First is working to make sure every one of those kids has the opportunity to thrive and learn in a healthy, supportive environment.
Kari King, President and CEO
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children is an independent, nonpartisan, and trusted advocacy voice focused on improving the health, education, and well-being of every child in the commonwealth. Throughout our 30-year history, our public policy victories have helped countless children learn, thrive, and succeed in the areas of perinatal and children’s health, early care and education, child welfare, and K-12 education.
Paige Clausius-Parks, Executive Director
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is a statewide children’s policy organization that works to improve the health, safety, education, economic well-being, and development of Rhode Island’s children with a commitment to equity and the elimination of unacceptable disparities by race, ethnicity, disability, zip code, immigration status, neighborhood, and income. Since its inception in 1994, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT has focused on racial equity and closing unacceptable gaps by race and ethnicity. We recognize that persistent disparities by race and ethnicity result from historic, systemic, structural racism which must be dismantled in order to eliminate disparities, achieve equity, and provide equitable opportunities for all children, youth, and families to succeed.
Sue Williams, Chief Executive Officer
Children’s Trust leads South Carolina’s coordinated efforts for the Strengthening Families Program; Triple P (Positive Parenting Program); S.C. Adverse Childhood Experiences Initiative; Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting; Child Abuse Prevention Month; and KIDS COUNT. It is also the state representative for Children’s Trust Fund Alliance and Prevent Child Abuse America.
Jaunita Veasy, Executive Director
The Black Children’s Institute of Tennessee, created in 1989, is the first and only statewide African American Child Advocacy Organization in the United States.
Richard Kennedy, Executive Director
The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth has nine regional councils on children and youth across the state with over 3,000 members.
Bob Sanborn, President and CEO
In 1989, several child advocates developed a 60-page research book entitled Children At Risk with a March of Dimes Grant, which highlighted the need for a strong advocate for Houston’s Children. The advocates then formed CHILDREN AT RISK.
Stephanie Rubin, CEO
Texans Care for Children has been driving policy change to improve the lives of Texas children for over 30 years.
Michelle Fay, Executive Director
[email protected] / 802-229-6377
For almost 40 years, Voices for Vermont’s Children has driven the adoption of public policy centering equity, justice, and the lived experience of Vermont Children and youth. This year we showed what’s possible when you pull together a diverse coalition aligned around a common goal with the passage of the Office of Child, Youth and Family Advocate bill, ensuring independent oversight of Vermont’s child protection system.
Rachael Deane, Chief Executive Officer
Voices for Virginia’s Children envisions a Virginia in which our systems center young people, ensuring their ability to realize their brightest potential is no longer predictable by race, socioeconomic status, or geography. We believe that when we actively place the needs of children in the center of our public policy debates, we create the conditions for entire families and communities to flourish.
Dr. Stephan Blanford, Executive Director
Children’s Alliance scored a legislative victory in 2021 while leading a coalition of parents, providers and early learning advocates in securing $1 Billion in new investments to improve access and support child care providers. Then it scored a judicial victory in 2023 at the state Supreme Court, defending the constitutionality of the Capital Gains Tax that funds the initial investments.
Tricia Kingery, Executive Director
In 1990, West Virginia KIDS COUNT was born out of a Task Force formed by former Governor Gaston Caperton to address the needs of West Virginia children and families.
Michele Mackey, Chief Executive Officer
Kids Forward, formerly the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, began operations before the United States adopted the use of time zones in 1883.