Childhood and Youth

Agendas, presentations, etc. listed below are in .pdf, unless otherwise indicated.

2021 meeting dates: January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, June (none), July 14, August 11, September (none), October 13, November (none), December 8.


  • Let the City of Houston know that funding early childhood initiatives is a priority for you! Your input will help prioritize how the City spends the remaining $400 million of the approximately $600 million the City is receiving through the American Rescue Plan. The first half of the funds were received in May, and the balance will be received in May 2022. The City has identified four key areas to allocate ARP funding, including Quality & Accessible Education and Childcare. Other identified areas include crime prevention, solid waste management and affordable housing. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey here.

  • Please welcome Steven Dow!
    Mr. Dow has joined Director Olivera Jankovska’s team in the Mayor’s Office of Education, as the City of Houston’s point person on Early Childhood Initiatives. Steven is a Houston native who spent the majority of his professional career as the Executive Director of one of the most innovative and effective anti-poverty agencies in the country, The Community Action Project of Tulsa County. Under his leadership, CAP Tulsa distinguished itself as a national leader in fighting poverty by focusing on high-quality early childhood education.
  • Houston’s Strategic Plan for Early Childhood Education
    Director Jankovska is seeking your input and welcomes your suggestions before the draft is finalized. See a draft of the plan here. If you have additional information to share, please submit it to
  • Houston Pre-K Leadership Council
    A new council has been created through a partnership with the Mayor's Office of Education and the Childhood and Youth Committee. The Houston Pre-K Leadership Council identified the following barriers to success in addressing the challenges of quality early childhood initiatives. See them here.

Agendas and Backup Documents (.pdf, unless otherwise indicated)

Note: All meetings will be held virtually until further notice. The meetings will be aired on HTV and will also be broadcast as Microsoft Teams Live Events. 

  • August 12, 2020 -- None
  • June 10, 2020 -- Rescheduled
  • May 13, 2020 -- Postponed
  • March 11, 2020 -- In response to the Mayor’s 3/11/20  joint press conference cancelling events due to Coronavirus-related concerns, the Childhood & Youth Committee meeting and reception scheduled for 3/11/20 was postponed.