Minnesota’s Children’s Cabinet is a broad interagency partnership that utilizes a whole family approach to support the healthy development of children and families. The Children’s Cabinet works to bring efficiency and effectiveness to state government efforts to improve child and youth outcomes. The work of the Cabinet can also involve collaboration with counties, local communities and other stakeholders.
Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan re-launched their Children’s Cabinet under Executive Order 19-34 charging their Administration to Place Children At the Center of Government. The Cabinet works to take data-driven and results-oriented approach to coordinating, streamlining programs, aligning strategies, and promoting action and accountability of Minnesota’s efforts to ensure that each and every Minnesota child, no matter race or zip code, is prepared to be a leader of tomorrow.
More than thirty states have Children’s Cabinets, to function as broad interagency convener, foster collaboration, and align resources around children. The goal of Children’s Cabinets is to bring efficiency and effectiveness to state government efforts to improve child and youth outcomes. Minnesota’s Children’s Cabinet was established via statute in 1993 (Statute 4.045). It was a recommendation in a 1992 report called Kids Can’t Wait, which highlighted the need for a more focused, cross agency prioritization of children and specifically lifted up the disparities experienced by children of color.