The Ready by 21 State1 Policy Survey was created by the Forum for Youth Investment. The Forum is a nonprofit, nonpartisan action tank dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21® – ready for college, work and life. Informed by rigorous research and practical experience, the Forum forges innovative ideas, strategies and partnerships to strengthen solutions for young people and those who care about them. For over a decade the Forum has worked with innovative policymakers, including governors’ children’s cabinets and other coordinating bodies. Ready by 21 is a set of strategies developed by the Forum for Youth Investment that help communities improve the odds that all children and youth will be ready for college, work and life. Ready by 21 provides clear standards to achieve collective impact, tools and solutions to help leaders make progress, and ways to measure and track success along the way.

The Children’s Cabinet Network, managed by the Forum, is the only national network of state policy coordinating bodies for children and youth (children’s cabinets, P-20 councils and early childhood advisory councils). Members of the network share best practices and learn more about tools that focus on bringing efficiency and effectiveness to state efforts that improve outcomes for young people.

The Children’s Cabinet Network offers:

• peer-to-peer conference calls and webinars on topics identified by network members • regular updates on federal funding opportunities • publications on topics of interest to children’s cabinets • convening, such as roundtable discussions, trainings and meetings with federal policymakers