PITTSBURGH, PA (June 24, 2020) Tiffini Simoneaux, Youth and Education Manager in Mayor William Peduto’s Office of Equity, has been named an inaugural member of the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families (NLC YEF Institute) Early Childhood Municipal Fellows program.
Over the next 18 months, the NLC YEF Institute will equip fellows with the knowledge and skills to navigate the political landscape and leverage municipal policies and practices to help address longstanding inequities embedded in local government institutions that have been exacerbated by COVID-19 and highlighted by recent political uprisings.
“By building a network of local leaders and investing in their development, we will work to ensure that the success of every young child is at the center of local government decision-making,” said Tonja Rucker, Director of Early Childhood Success at the National League of Cities. “Local governments are centers of innovation and the work of our fellows, supported by our YEF experts, will move our country forward in creating communities where every child succeeds, and all families thrive.”
Mayor Peduto is a past Chair of the YEF and served on the board of the NLC.
"Our administration believes deeply that high quality early childhood education lays the foundation for a child's future success,” Simoneaux said. “The Early Childhood Municipal Fellows program will help me to learn alongside municipal leaders and experts from around the country and to better inform the work that our office does with young children and families."
This is the first fellowship program for the NLC YEF Institute and is an integral part of the Institute’s national efforts to support leaders and build thriving communities that work for children and families beginning prenatally. The fellowship is a leadership development and peer learning program that aims to accelerate local leaders' ability to serve as champions for young children and families. Fellows will delve into key fundamentals that are the bedrock of impactful municipal policy for early childhood success: embedding equity in how business is done; policy and practice evaluation; the examination of local leadership and governance structures; collaboration across departments; the alignment of city, county and state objectives; and the financing and resourcing of programs and services.
In addition to Simoneaux, the fellows selected for their exemplary leadership and work in early childhood within their communities are:
Municipal leaders across the nation are re-imagining our local early learning systems to work more collaboratively and more efficiently to drive toward better outcomes for their residents. The fellowship is generously supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Bezos Family Foundation, and Pritzker Children’s Initiative and builds on continuing work within the YEF Institute and across NLC to strengthen local early learning systems prenatally through age eight.
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