UNICEF USA Child Friendly Cities Initiative
The City of Houston has embarked upon a two-year process, toward recognition as a UNICEF Child Friendly City. The Child-Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) was launched in 1996 by UNICEF to respond to the challenge of realizing the rights of children and now it operates in more than 3,500+ cities and communities. Houston has become a CFCI pilot city and joined San Francisco and Minneapolis as the first cohort of U.S. cities to implement the CFCI. The CFCI in Houston is led by the Mayor's Office of Education.
This pilot initiative will draw on the strengths of existing local efforts across the United States to improve child well-being. It will bring to bear UNICEF USA and UNICEF International’s ability to provide technical expertise, convening power, a globally recognized brand, a diverse network of dedicated volunteers, and a marketing and advocacy campaign to build a non-partisan movement in the U.S. to secure the rights of every child to a safe, healthy and happy childhood.
The Mayor’s Office of Education is working to develop a CFCI local plan of action for children that represents a vision for children and youth within the City of Houston. It will be based on the results of the local situational analysis and integrates the government and community assessment data to determine priorities and strategies for improving the well-being of Houston’s children and young people. The plan will be developed through collaborative and intergenerational planning workshop(s), involving decision makers and representatives of children, youth, and their parents and service providers across the city.
If you would like to receive emails with updates on the progress of the initiative or learn more about upcoming events, training workshops, and volunteer opportunities, please join the City of Houston CFCI Newsletter.
More Information on the CFCI and Children's Rights:
- CFCI Overview Slide Deck (Houston)
- Press Release: City of Houston Joins UNICEF USA Child Friendly Cities Initiative
- Info on United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international treaty for the protection and fulfillment of children’s rights