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Community Building and Community Decision-Making @ Neighborhood Level

Disturbed by lost opportunities for American children, states, cities and towns across the country are seeking answers to a fundamental question:

How can communities help families raise their children so that they are safe, healthy, successful in school and prepared for the responsibilities of adulthood?

Responses to this question point to a need for a community-wide agenda for strengthening families and neighborhoods.

Economic opportunities, safe housing, high-performing schools, access to health care that promotes children’s well-being and physical development and social supports all help transform neighborhoods into places where kids and their families thrive.  Informal social networks that are most important to people - friends, neighbors, faith communities and community associations - are inextricably entwined with families’ communities. 

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