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Kids’ Council (Coordinating Council for Children, Youth and Families)

Chapter 2.84 of the Cambridge Municipal Code, established on April 1, 1991.

Direct a comprehensive local response to the needs of children, their families and other caregivers, in accordance with the guiding principles set forth in the Children, Youth and Family Policy Plan.

Council members shall be comprised of the Mayor (who shall serve as Chair of the Kid's Council); a member of the City Council; a member of the School Committee; the City Manager or a designee of the City Manager; the Superintendent of Schools; the Assistant City Manager for Human Services; the Commissioner of Health and Hospitals; the Police Commissioner; and the Director of the Cambridge Public Library. In the absence of a permanent appointment for the previous five named positions, the City Manager shall shall appoint an interim, temporary designee in his or her place until the position is filled. Additional members shall include a member of the philanthropic community; a representative from a State agency serving children, youth and families; a representative from the corporate/business community a representative from the university community; a representative from the early childhood community; 5 members who are residents of the city shall represent the community-at-large and/or represent active parents’ groups or other groups involved with children and their families; 3 members to represent specific areas to be addressed by The Kids’ Council’s agenda or other identified interests relating to children; 3 youth members who are residents between the ages of 14-18. 

Meeting Schedule:
Meetings are scheduled on the third Thursday of the month ( 5:15-7:15 p.m.) at the Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd floor conference room.

September 17, 2015
October 15, 2015
November 19, 2015 at (Main Library - Curious George Room)
January 21, 2016   (Location to be determined)
February 25, 2016
March 17, 2016
May 19, 2016


01-15-15, 04-16-15, 05-21-15, 09-17-15, 11-19-15

01-16-14, 02-27-14, 03-20-14, 05-15-14, 09-18-14, 10-16-14, 11-20-14

01-17-13, 02-28-13, 03-21-13, 05-16-13, 09-18-13, 10-17-13, 11-21-13

 01-19-12, 04-26-12, 09-27-1210-18-12 

 01-20-1102-17-11, 03-24-11, 05-18-11, 09-15-11, 11-17-11

 03-25-1004-15-10,  05-20-1009-23-1011-18-10.

Kids’ Council Members:

Mayor Denise Simmons, Chair of Kids' Council
Neal Michaels, State Agency Representative, Co-Chair of Kids' Council
Rabeya Akther, CET Outreach Worker, Literacy Ambassador, Specific Area Representative
Tina Alu, Associate Director of CEOC
Griffin Andres, Youth Representative
Sally Benbasset, Community-at-Large Representative
Ron Benham, Director of Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition, Department of Public Health, State Agency Representative
Manikka Bowman, School Committee Member, Mayor's Appointee
Andrea Collymore, Community-at-Large Representative
Jan Devereux, City Councillor, Mayor’s Appointee
Louis DePasquale, Asst. City Manager for Fiscal Affairs, City of Cambridge (City Manager’s Designee)
Susan Flannery, Cambridge Public Library Director
Mary Gashaw, Youth Representative
Michelle Godfrey, Director of Center for Families, Early Childhood Representative
Robert C. Haas, Cambridge Police Commissioner
George Halfkenny, Community-at-Large Representative
Liz Hill, Community-at-Large Representative
Claude Jacob, Chief Public Health Officer, Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge Health Alliance
Jack Kiryk, Youth Representative
John Lindamood, Director of Resident Service, Cambridge Housing Authority
Michelle Lower, Director of Development and Asset Services, Alexandria Real Estate, Business Representative
Alanna Mallon, Mayor’s Education Liaison, Mayor’s Appointee
Geeta Pradhan, President, Cambridge Community Foundation, Philanthropy Representative
Bridget Rodriguez, Associate Director of Programs and Operations, Education Redesign Lab, Harvard University, University Representative
Ellen Semonoff, Asst. City Manager for Human Services
Jeffrey Young, Superintendent of the Cambridge Public Schools


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