New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Dr. Jacqueline B. Mondros, Dean of the School of Social Welfare and Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences at Stony Brook University, to the newly created NYC Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board. Members of the Board include non-government experts from all five boroughs in academia, faith, media, business, technology, the non-profit sector and the judiciary who will leverage their expertise, relationships and resources.
“I created the NYC Children’s Cabinet to enhance the ways in which City agencies promote and protect our children’s well-being,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This was always an all-hands-on-deck approach, and I commend our newest partners in this endeavor for accepting this most special charge.”
The NYC Children’s Cabinet is an initiative to drive policy that will support children’s health and well being across 24 City agencies, identifying and analyzing individual and common areas of work. One of the Cabinet’s initiatives is the “Talk to Your Baby, Their Brain Depends on It” public awareness campaign aimed at promoting “attachment parenting” and early brain development among children ages newborn to three. Another is “Through the Early Years Collaborative Place-Based Initiative,” to understand the needs of babies in the context of their families and communities by taking a place-based approach to increase healthy pregnancies, support school readiness and promote secure parent-child attachment.
“I am very honored to have been appointed to this important and prestigious Task Force on Children,” said Dr. Mondros. “Children and families in our child welfare system has been an important concern to social work schools across the City and the nation, and I am delighted that the Mayor’s Office has chosen me to be at the table.”
Before coming to Stony Brook, Mondros served as Professor and Dean at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College CUNY. Under her leadership the School was ranked among the nation’s top 20 Schools of Social Work. She also serves as President of the National Deans and Directors of Social Work. Mondros received her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She has written extensively on community-based social services and community organizing, and throughout her career she has worked to bring the resources of academia to effect positive change in urban neighborhoods across the country.