BRODKIN TO SHOWCASE CHILDREN, YOUTH, FAMILIES MODEL
TO NATIONAL LEADERS
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
September 27, 2005
San Antonio, Texas - - Margaret Brodkin, Director of San
Francisco's Department of Children, Youth and their Families (DCYF),
will present A Model of an Office for Children, Youth & Families:
The San Francisco Experience at the 2005 National Summit on Your
"Margaret's participatory session will showcase San Francisco's
impressive progress for children, youth, and their families,"
said Mayor Gavin Newsom. "DCYF, is a national model of a
government office devoted to addressing the needs of its youngest
citizens and their caregivers," Newsom continued, "and
Margaret is the best person to share San Francisco's innovative
efforts to make it a family friendly city."
San Francisco's innovative programs and initiatives include the
Children's Fund and Children's Baseline Budget; a unique collaboration
between the schools and city government; extensive locally-funded
after-school programs; a local universal health care; a very successful
youth governance arm; and a mandated planning process for children,
youth, and family services. She will also discuss the recent innovations
of the Newsom administration, including San Francisco's groundbreaking
Earned Income Tax Credit, the only program of its kind in the
nation. Brodkin will make the case that a centralized office in
local government charged with promoting progressive child and
family policy has a positive affect on entire communities.
The National Summit, in San Antonio, Texas, from September 25
to 28, is sponsored by the National League of Cities. It will
be the largest-ever gathering of municipal officials who are working
to improve the lives of America's children, youth, and families.
More than 300 mayors, city council members, municipal staff, and
representatives of local school and community partners will attend.
Brodkin earned a national reputation as a child advocate during
her 26 years as the Executive Director of Coleman Advocates for
Children and Youth and as a founding member of the Children's
Fund Citizen's Advisory Committee. Gavin Newsom appointed her
Director of DCYF last year.