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April 29, 2000

The National Partnership for Reinventing Government works in partnership with federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector to strengthen American families and the communities they live in. This work includes reinventing federal policy, programs and practices to strengthen American families and support federal participation in the annual Family Re-Union Conference moderated by Vice President Gore and Mrs. Gore.

The conferences provide the Vice President, and others who make policy at the federal, state and local level, an opportunity to learn from the experience of families themselves, and those who work with them. The Family Re-Union initiative seeks to reinvent family policy so that it reflects the realities facing families and government today.

The conferences are sponsored by the Children, Youth and Family Consortium of the University of Minnesota and the Child and Family Policy Center at Vanderbilt University and funded by charitable foundations and individual donors. The NPR team works at the federal level to implement the policy implications and recommendations derived from the conferences. Issues addressed thus far and on an ongoing basis include:

  • local flexibility for family-centered programs,
  • strengthening fatherhood and the role of men in their children's lives,
  • impact of media on families and children,
  • need to balance work and family life, and,
  • importance of involving families as partners in children's learning and healthcare.

For more information, contact Beverly Godwin at (202) 694-0064 or or Pamela Johnson at (202) 694-0011 or
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