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Mayor Tim Keller Launches One Albuquerque Kids Cabinet

Cabinet tasked with coordinating policies, programs, resources for kids across Albuquerque

January 25, 2019

Mayor Tim Keller announced the launch of the One Albuquerque Kids Cabinet during his State of the City address on January 12. The Cabinet will work to better coordinate policies, programs, and resources across agencies and communities to support improved outcomes for Albuquerque’s kids and youth. The group’s work will complement the City’s efforts to fight crime from all sides by ensuring young people have safe places to learn and grow while not in the classroom.

“Having grown up in Albuquerque and now as a father of two kids here, I know how important it is for families to have access to opportunities to keep kids safe and engaged when they aren’t in school,” stated Mayor Keller. “The Kids Cabinet will connect City leaders and community members who can help us focus on ways to improve the lives of every kid in Albuquerque. We’re not going to let up on these efforts until every child in Albuquerque has access to a spot in a high-quality early learning or out-of-school time program.”

The Kids Cabinet will be comprised of city leaders from the Albuquerque Police Department, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Family and Community Services Department, the Cultural Services Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Senior Affairs Department, the Department of Technology and Innovation, and the Transit Department.

Five workgroups have been established with each workgroup chaired by a community leader focusing on the following:

  • Public Safety
  • Early Learning
  • Faith, Culture, and Arts
  • Outcomes and Data
  • Out-of-School Time

The workgroups will focus on identifying service gaps, cultivating youth input to better understand gaps and opportunities, developing recommendations to increase access and opportunities, sharing recommendations with the City administration, and developing legislative proposals for all levels of government.

Close to 70 community members are sharing their experience and expertise by participating in a One Albuquerque Kids Cabinet workgroup. The Chairs of the workgroups meet quarterly as the One Albuquerque Kids Coordinating Council.