Child Friendly Cities Initiative


The Child Friendly City Initiative (CFCI) concept was launched in 1996 by UNICEF as a way to respond to the challenge of realizing the rights of children throughout the world. Currently, the United States ranks 37 out of 41 industrialized nations in terms of child health and well being.

On May 6 and 7, 2019, more than 120 civic and community leaders, advocates, academia, medical, foundation, private and public sector groups from the U.S. and Canada convened at a workshop in Jacksonville, FL for the first time to share ideas, insights, challenges and opportunities about what it means to create, grow and sustain a rights-based, child-friendly city.

May 6, 2019 was also National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.

Led by UNICEF USA and UNICEF Canada, with support from UNICEF Global and Gerison Lansdown, a leading authority on child rights in the world, more than 30 cities were represented in the discussion, which was widely described by session attendees as a tipping point in children's rights.

With collective energy and interest in creating a child-rights and equity-based strategy, Jacksonville is helping to lead the development on a national level to ensure all children reach their full potential for optimal health, development and well being.

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First Program Launched in Jacksonville

On Monday, May 6th, 2019, The Partnership for Child Health and their partners sponsored a workshop of child care groups from all over the US to discuss future strategies for child friendly cities policies and programs to help all children reach their full potential. UNICEF co-hosted the event which discussed ways in which a Child Friendly City can be built.

Jacksonville is the first city to host such an event in the US.

Workshop Materials
Event Letter PDF
Child Friendly Cities Handbook PDF
Child Friendly Cities Booklet PDF
The Convention on the Rights of the Child Articles PDF

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