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Governor's Office for Children


Since 1978, the Governor’s Office for Children and the Children’s Cabinet have worked to ensure that Maryland’s children, youth and families can flourish and achieve their potential. The Governor’s Office for Children has historically accomplished its work through a firm commitment to bringing together senior officials from State Agencies, community organizations, and local jurisdictions to overcome barriers and establish clear outcomes for improving the lives of children, youth, and families across the State.

Today, the Governor’s Office for Children operationalizes Governor Hogan’s vision for economic opportunity for all. The Governor charged the Children’s Cabinet with advancing his vision by focusing on four Strategic Goals: reducing the impact of parental incarceration on children, families, and communities; reducing the number of youth, aged 16-24, who are not working and not going to school; reducing childhood hunger; and, reducing youth homelessness. Focusing on these four goals will lead to a stable, safe, and healthy environment for children and families. Working at the direction of the Governor, the Office facilitates the work of the Maryland Children’s Cabinet and supports child well-being by:

  • Promoting sound child and family policy;
  • Using Maryland’s child well-being Results in planning, decision-making, and evaluation;
  • Collaborating with the Local Management Boards and other partners;
  • Using data and technology to continuously evaluate and measure outcomes; and
  • Ensuring fiscal accountability.

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