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Children, Youth & Families

Children, Youth & Families

The Division of Children, Youth and Families (CYF), a division of the Department of Human Services, was created in 1994 through the merger of the Children's Services, Youth Services and the Family Resource School programs. CYF programs have evolved to meet changing community needs, and offer a range of comprehensive services.


To support children, youth and families through regional collaborative planning, community funding and quality programs.

Programs Overview

Child Care Subsidy and Referrals Program - Financial assistance and help finding quality child care

Child Care Recruitment and Training Program - Training for new and existing child care providers

Family Resource Schools and Family Resource Center Programs - Capacity building for student families

Prevention and Intervention Program - Support for middle and high school students and their families

Youth Opportunities Program - Leadership and grant-making program for city youth

Common Objectives

Although each program within CYF offers a unique set of services, there are a few key features they share in common:

  • Work in partnership with other community agencies and institutions to better integrate and coordinate services for families, and make them more accessible.
  • Provide programming with a focus on building family strengths.
  • Analyze community needs and recommend the development of "family friendly" public policy.
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