Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Advisory Council Explores Early Childhood Futures Topic

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Advisory Council Explores Early Childhood Futures Topic

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"Too many children experience early childhoods that fail to promote their full and healthy development and that fail to prepare them adequately for the next stages of life."

NLC Second Vice President John DeStefano Jr., mayor of New Haven, Conn., offered that statement of the 2002 Futures Topic to the NLC Advisory Council during its meeting at the Congress of Cities.

He said that "the challenge" for the 2002 Futures Process and for NLC is "to encourage and assist city and town halls and municipal elected officials to understand the significance of this topic, to recognize the crucial contributions they can make, and to take leadership in addressing this problem."

Also at the December 5 meeting, NLC First Vice President Karen Anderson, mayor of Minnetonka, Minn., commended the Advisory Council for its work on the 2001 Futures Report, Building Quality Communities: Making Local Land Use Decisions by Choice and Not by Chance. Advisory Council Chair Mayor Lucy Allen of Louisburg, N.C., thanked Anderson for her leadership on this issue

Anderson said the report would be the basis for her President's agenda during 2002, including regional meetings and outreach to other national organizations. She also said she will establish a Panel on Community and Regional Development in NLC's Municipalities in Transition Program to institutionalize NLC's concerns with these issues.

(The report can be viewed and downloaded from www.nlc.org by clicking on Leadership/President's Agenda or Leadership/Advisory Council/Futures Reports. …

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