Governor Patrick Visits with Children at Old Colony Housing Development

In October 2008, Governor Deval Patrick signed Executive Order 505 establishing the Child &Youth Readiness Cabinet (“Readiness Cabinet”).  The purpose of the Readiness Cabinet is to foster coordination and collaboration across state departments and agencies that serve Massachusetts' children, youth and families to improve services, and, ultimately, outcomes for the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable populations.

Co-chaired by the Secretaries of Education and Health and Human Services, the Readiness Cabinet’s membership also includes the Secretaries of Administration and Finance, Housing and Economic Development, Labor and Workforce Development, Public Safety and Security and The Child Advocate.  Commissioners from several agencies within the Executive Offices of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and Education (EOE) also participate as full members. With the aim of improved collaboration, the Readiness Cabinet is focused on two of Governor Patrick’s goals: closing the achievement gap and eliminating youth violence.