Cities, Counties, Kids, and Families outlines a model for developing strategic policy for responding to children and family issues in local governments. It also discusses fifteen strategic roles that local government can play-most of which do t require direct funding, but depends upon the scarce resource of leadership. The book describes policy and analytical tools used by cities and counties, and makes a case for using these tools more strategically. It calls for strategic policy to respond to the four critical forces affecting children and family policy: families; race and culture; communities and neighborhoods; and regionalism. Finally, the book reviews policy in four critical areas affecting local governments: education and school readiness; substance abuse; youth development; and family support programs. It concludes with predictions of issues that will affect cities and counties in the future.
Sidney L. Gardner serves as President of Children and Family Futures, a non-profit firm based in Irvine, California, which provides planning, evaluation and consulting services to government agencies, community-based organizations, and schools. Mr. Gardner served as Director of California State University, Fullerton's Center for Collaboration for Children, a consultant to the White House Domestic Council, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Director of the Hartford Private Industry Council, and an elected member of the City Council in Hartford, Connecticut. He graduated from Occidental College and was awarded a Master's degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a Master's degree in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary.